Local students get a head start in their career
Local students are taking their first steps into work through a groundbreaking training scheme.
Construction Futures is the first scheme in the UK to directly link construction training with the determination of planning applications. It does this by embedding construction training requirements in the section106 agreements tied to planning permissions.
Anthony Knight and Lee Clarke are both studying for a diploma in Carpentry and Joinery at Moulton College. They have been on a training placement with Taylor Wimpey West Midlands, as they construct 58 new homes at their Middlemore development in Daventry.
Anthony Knight, 19, said: “I haven’t been here long but I’ve already learned loads, ranging from installing kitchens to fitting doors. It’s just been great to be on a real construction site, learning from experienced carpenters. The whole experience has been even better than I expected”
Lee Clarke, 19, said: “I like working with my hands and I’ve always wanted a job in construction. On this placement I’ve been able to learn on the job and get the experience I need to go with my college course. I hope it will help me to get work in future”
So far, over 270 weeks of practical training have been delivered to construction students in West Northamptonshire and there is much more in the pipeline.
Peter Caffry from Construction Futures said: “Many students find it hard to make the leap from college into the world of work. Construction Futures gives them vital work experience and the opportunity to learn new skills. It means local construction students can get a head start in their future career”
Construction Futures is expanding quickly and is attracting interest from the construction industry nationwide. It is managed by West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) and is delivered in partnership with Mouton College and Tresham College. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.