Build a Career in Construction

12 June 2017 | Construction & the Building Trades

City College has once again teamed up with Kier Living and Plymouth Community Homes (PCH), to set-up a second North Prospect Training Academy (NPTA).

The aim of the Academy is to give unemployed people a stepping stone into a job in construction and improve their long-term career prospects. Each five-week programme is free and offers a level 1 Construction Award, as well as a CSCS Card, enabling the holder to meet the minimum requirements to work on a building site.

Trainees on the programme spend three weeks being taught practical and theoretical skills at the on-site training facility; learning how to be safe and productive on a building site and complete a test to attain their CSCS card. This is followed by two weeks of on-site work experience with Kier Living and its sub-contractors.

The Academy is aimed at those aged 19+ that are receiving qualifying benefits including Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit.

Matthew MacLean, Key Account Manager at City College, said: “We are delighted to again be working in partnership with PCH and Kier Living on our shared goal of the re-employment of local people. This initiative has great value because it combines work experience with a qualification; trainees will learn new skills that could lead to a real job. The construction industry is a rapidly expanding sector, facing a huge skills shortage, so there is a great opportunity for them to move into long-term employment.”

This project is part of PCH’s £120million regeneration of North Prospect. PCH is replacing 800 poorly-performing homes with more than 1,100 new homes for rent, shared ownership and open market sale. The programme is being delivered across five phases. To date, more than 500 new homes have been built and the final phase is due to be completed in 2022.

To find out more about the Academy register for an open event taking place on Wednesday 14 June by visiting and completing the online form.

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