Construction Training: New Partnership to Create 1000s of Jobs

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Construction training specialist, The Skills Centre, has joined forces with contractor O’Halloran & O’Brien to attract 1,000 people to new jobs on construction projects around the Greater London area.

A free, three-week, industry-led construction training programme will be offered when lockdown ends to all that apply, together with a guaranteed job interview for work on a number of major construction projects in London.

All the project sites are still open and have strict Covid-safe protocols in place to ensure working on site is not just productive but also protects all workers.

The ‘chance for a new career’

Jon Howlin, chief executive of The Skills Centre, said: “It has been great to partner with the O’Halloran & O’Brien on this project, and we encourage those who have been dealt a bad hand in the past few months to consider this chance for a new career.

“The pandemic has decimated many industries such as hospitality, aerospace and manufacturing, to name but a few.

“What we are offering here is an amazing chance for people of all ages and from all walks of life to get free, top-notch training with our experienced construction experts through our site-ready programme.

“Not only that, but candidates are also guaranteed a job interview at the end of it. Some of the jobs may even turn into full apprenticeships.”

All those who complete and pass the three-week course will get a Green Labourers CSCS card, Level 1 Award in Health & Safety in a Construction Environment, and Construction health and safety certificates (including manual handling).

Following the training, they will be guaranteed a job interview for one of the thousand jobs on offer – including shuttering-carpenters, steel-fixers, pipe-layers, ground-workers and strikers throughout the Greater London area.

Martyn Price MBE, workforce development director from O’Halloran & O’Brien Ltd and chairman of the cross-industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force, commented: “The industry really needs investment in new people joining the sector and so we are incredibly excited to see this programme begin.

“Our commitment to training is the bedrock of our business and builds on our strong foundations to deliver a safe, competent and qualified workforce for the future, and we look forward to strengthening the construction workplace with well-trained new recruits through this fantastic joint initiative with The Skills Centre.”

The initiative is supported by the Construction Skills Fund, which was established in October 2018 to train a site-ready workforce to meet the needs of the construction industry.

The construction training will take place in six different centres across London and the Southeast, in Brixton, Barnet, Bermondsey, Earls Court, Elephant and Castle and Gravesend.

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