York construction learners play their cards right

York construction learners play their cards right

Wendy Mangan from York Jobcentre Plus was aware of the many opportunities available within the construction sector in York. There was a clear demand for construction workers within the local areas and many job centre customers were wanting to work in this sector too. Due to the requirement of a CSCS Card these customers could not work in the sector without it.

Wendy contacted C&G to discuss the need for training to support these customers in gaining their CSCS card to support them into work.  

C&G arranged to meet with Wendy to agree the details of the course. We were happy to support York Job Centre and their customers by delivering a 2-week ‘Introduction To Construction’ course along with a fully-funded CSCS Card, linking in with local employers to support them with vacancies and job starts right after the course.

The learning programme was delivered over the course of two weeks to a cohort of 11 learners. C&G were able to provide additional support and guidance to all the candidates, some of whom had health conditions or had been long-term unemployed, enabling them to complete the learning programme and obtain CSCS accreditation.

Upon completion of the course one employer offered four full-time job starts to the candidates that they interviewed at the end of the course.  

Wendy Mangan commented:“C&G have been fantastic, engaging with the customers, training and keeping us up-to-date with the progression of all the candidates on the course. We are already planning the next course and looking forward to working together again.” 

Craig Hanby from C&G added: “We were happy that we could support York Jobcentre along with their customers. Making a positive difference to people’s lives and supporting them directly into work with our employers is exactly why we do what we do. The funding secured from Leeds College of Building enabled us to provide this particular training programme to the unemployed people within York to support them back into work.”

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