Build a Career in Construction with City College

02 May 2017 | Construction & the Building Trades

With a high demand for workers in the construction sector in the South West, City College is running a workshop that will give more people access to the industry. The Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) card is a basic requirement to working on a construction site and shows employers that a potential employee has the training, qualifications and experience to do the job.

According to the Construction Industry Training Board, the South West’s projected recruitment needs for 2016-2020 will generate 6,480 jobs annually in all areas of construction. Plymouth alone is home to a number of large projects including Sherford, City College’s Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM and the £34million History Centre.

City College is an accredited centre for CSCS, offering one-stop-shop training and testing for Apprentice, Trainee, Labourer and Advanced Craft cards. The CSCS test is run on a Friday on a monthly basis and takes about an hour. In order to undertake the CSCS test students must have completed a recognised health and safety qualification, which would usually be part of a Diploma, NVQ or VRQ. If you do not have one of these qualifications we also run a Health and Safety Award, which would enable you to undertake the CSCS test.

“It has never been more important to attract, train and retain skilled workers in the South West,” said Charlie Pond, Academy Manager for Construction and Allied Trades at the College. “There is a real skills shortage in this sector, but an abundance of opportunities, so we need to do what we can to bridge the gap. The starting point is a CSCS card. Most major contractors and homebuilders require operatives at all levels to hold a valid card and won’t allow them to work on site without one.

“At City College we are providing guidance and training that is industry-recognised. Our Health and Safety Award course equips workers with the knowledge and understanding of how to work safely and efficiently, leading to the CSCS test which allows them to walk straight onto a building site and into a job!”

The Health and Safety Award starts on 24 May and the CSCS test will run on 26 May. To book your place call 01752 305300 or come along to the College’s Open Day and Spring Fete at Kings Road between 10.00am and 1.00pm on Saturday 29 April.

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