GRAHAM Construction, Calderdale College and JobCentre Plus joined forces to provide industry training and placement opportunities at Calderdale Council’s £28m Piece Hall and Central Library and Archives development.
Run as part of the Step Up Into Construction (SUIC) programme, the group spent two weeks studying at Calderdale College, gaining Construction Skills Certification Scheme certificates. They were then able to take on a four-week on-site placement at the Piece Hall project, learning about various skilled trades including joinery, blacksmithing and glazing.
With support from GRAHAM and Jobcentre Plus Halifax, more than half of the candidates completed the programme and gained valuable references, skills and insights to aid them in their search for work. At least two of the candidates have already been offered employment opportunities from suppliers involved in the Piece Hall programme, which includes AG Glass and Glazing Ltd, Farrarcrest Joinery and sole trader blacksmith Ian Baxter.
Shazad Ahmed, one of the successful candidates on the programme, said:
“I have never had this type of help before and am really pleased to have been given the opportunity to prove myself in the workplace. I am also very happy to have passed my CSCS card with a 100% mark and believe this has been achieved due to the support from everyone involved. The mentoring throughout was brilliant and we were also given free travel passes to help us get to and from the site. I would strongly recommend the Step Up Into Construction programme to anybody who needs extra help to get into work.”