In partnership with the Prince’s Trust, 12 unemployed 18-25 year olds, local to the Crossrail Anglia Project in east London, were recruited to take part in a seven week training programme. The young people were given safety training and accreditation to CSCS standard and offered paid employment with further training opportunities.
A standard get into construction programme is two weeks, focusing on CSCS training and employability skills. At the conclusion suitable candidates are offered paid employment with the supply chain.
The challenge for Costain was to adapt the scheme to suit the specific requirements of a rail project and maximise the positive outcomes for young people.
Lessons learned from previous programmes identified that CSCS training alone would not guarantee the candidates meaningful and long lasting opportunities, Costain thus developed a five week scheme of further training and development.
The training package was built around one to one mentoring from site based staff including surveyor, works supervisor, foreman and traffic marshal supervisor. The trainees continued to receive assistance with travel and food costs.
They were also given further training relevant to their roles which included a working field trip to the Bluebell Railway in Sussex. This provided an excellent opportunity for the trainees to put into practice recently-acquired knowledge and to practice working on a rail construction site prior to achieving full PTS qualification, sponsored by our training provider Bridgeway.