Budding construction workers get hands-on training in Kingshurst - The Solihull Observer

Budding construction workers get hands-on training in Kingshurst

Solihull Editorial 21st Feb, 2024   0

BUDDING construction workers can get free training at the Kingshurst Construction Training Hub.

The Council’s regeneration project of Kinghurst Village Centre is in full swing, with the first phase of new house building currently underway on the site of the former Mountfort pub.

And to inspire the next generation of worker the training hub is offering local residents the chance to benefit from onsite training with the aim of opening the door to future employment in the industry.

The scheme has been led by Solihull Council and funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

It is delivered in partnership with Willmott Dixon, Solihull College and University Centre and RMF Group.

Residents can sign up to a short training course focusing on either groundworks or brickwork.

Both courses combine practical onsite work experience with classroom-based learning and employability support.

Upon successful completion, learners can obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card and a guaranteed interview to put their new skills into practice.

Smoth’s Wood resident Nathan Williams has landed a job after completing the groundwork course and gained his CSCS card.

Nathan said: “The skills and experience I have gained from the Kinghurst Construction Training Hub has been the foot in the door I needed into the construction industry.

“I still have plenty to learn but this course has given me the confidence to take the next step and find my own career path within the industry. I’d encourage anyone, who has maybe thought about getting into construction but wasn’t sure where to start, to take a look.”

Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council, said: “From the start our regeneration plans for Kingshurst have always been about much more than just bricks and mortar. We want to deliver a scheme based around the wants and needs of the local community that provides opportunities at every step.

“With so much future development planned across Solihull, I hope that this initiative can serve as an exemplar, showing what’s possible when we work closely with our contractors and local training providers to ensure that we maximise every social value opportunity. Working together we can add even more support for residents help them seize work opportunities across the borough.”

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