The ‘Building Skills’ project is a 15-week volunteering programme for unemployed Kirkholt residents, in partnership with Groundwork, helping to bring empty homes back into use. The project has worked with 9 people aged from 17 to 50, and 6 of those 9 are now in employment.
The programme includes:
- a multi-trades qualification including plastering, tiling, joinery, painting and decorating
- additional support in Functional Skills: Maths, English and Employability
- work experience
- job reference
- CSCS card
- First Aid training
- support to find a job.
Lee, aged 51, had been a stay-at-home father for a while. Before this he had always worked since leaving school with no qualifications.
He progressed through the plastering, tiling and joinery elements of the course. Before the end of the programme, a job became available and Lee was given advice on interview techniques, and got the job.
With his new-found confidence and motivation, Lee has now extended his contract and been successful in his application for a more senior position.
Groundwork has given me the confidence to get out and do something with my life. I finally did my English and Maths after leaving school with no exam results. I learned a lot about the construction trade and ended up with a job at the end of my course.