Construction Skills One Stop Shop

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The Citywide Partners are passionate about promoting training and employment within the sector and work with a wide range of local and national construction training providers to ensure that Hull residents are able to gain the skills and knowledge required to gain and sustain employment through the Citywide Partnership

The Citywide Partners are passionate about promoting training and employment within the sector and work with a wide range of local and national construction training providers to ensure that Hull residents are able to gain the skills and knowledge required to gain and sustain employment through the Citywide Partnership

  • Charlie Apprentice Joiner

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    01 Dec 2019
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    Greenfield Joinery Apprentice Mentor Dan comments: ‘ Charlie has been working with me for several months now and each day he comes to work enthusiastic and ready to listen. He is always wanting to do better and takes pride in his work. In the short space of time he has picked up a lot of new skills and is competent enough to assist in 1st and 2nd fixing and is able to complete final fixing task on his own.’

    Joinery Apprentice Charlie said: ‘As I got to the end of my last year in school, I knew that I didn’t want to stay on into sixth form but to do something practical and earn some money.

    I am finding joinery interesting and enjoy learning the new skills and ways of doing things. I enjoy being on site and the way everyone has a laugh with each other

  • Launch of the Humber Construction Hub

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    03 Oct 2019
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    The Hub has been created through a collaboration between EN:Able Futures and the Hull City-Wide Partnership, with funding from the Construction Skills Fund (CSF), funded by the Department for Education and run by CITB.

    The honour of cutting the ribbon was passed to rising British Weightlifting athlete and Britain’s youngest female international weightlifting coach Jenny Tong, who drew on her experiences of turning her life around from a young offender to disciplined athlete.

    Jenny said: “I’m honoured to be opening the Humber Construction Hub. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t been given the opportunity to try new things. The Hub is all about providing opportunities for people to try new things, learn new skills and make positive choices towards starting a career in an industry that touches everyone’s lives, from housing to hospitals and roads to railways.”

    Working with local training providers, the Hub will offer on-site construction skills training in a realistic building environment and use its links with businesses in the sector to give learners additional work experience on real building projects.

    Learners will be supported to find jobs and obtain the required safety certifications needed to work on building sites, such as CSCS cards, making sure they are fully prepared for the roles they will be applying for.

    Launched in October 2018, the CSF is an early pilot of the National Retraining Scheme announced in the Industrial Strategy and 2018 Budget. The project is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and delivered by CITB with the aim of training more than 13,000 people to be ready for employment in the construction industry by March 2020. Humber Construction Hub is the 26th to be set up across the country, many of them in areas of high unemployment.

    Lee Parkinson, Chief Executive of Efficiency North, said: “EN:Able Futures’ position in this important initiative continues the company's expansion into the provision of high quality training and apprenticeships through a site based construction learning hub. Our relationships with the construction supply chain will complement the delivery model and our experience in managing the region's shared apprenticeship scheme will assure the quality of the training provided. We are very much looking forward to welcoming new learners to the learning hub in Hull and we hope that it will be the first of others that we develop in the region and beyond.”

    Steve Radley, Policy Director of CITB, added: “The CSF project and its unique training model offers significant opportunities for local people who may otherwise have been unable to join the construction industry.

    “To see the Humber Hub launch successfully is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved. The opening ceremony is just the first step, and it’s an exciting time for all the candidates who will be given the crucial onsite experience they need to start a career in this exciting industry.”


  • Josh Trainee Bricklayer

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    23 Sep 2019
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    Josh is 17-year-old Hull resident who commenced his Cityworks Traineeship in August hoping to gain work experience in his preferred field of Construction.

    After completing his inhouse employability, Josh secured a placement with Brick Sub-Contractor Mitchell and Urwin on Wawne Road development that Strata Project Manager Paul Durkin proactively initiated (see photo opposite)

    Josh has impressed both the Strata team and the Brickwork gang he’s working with during his work experience placement. Josh has progressed so well developing his trade skills, he has secured a L2 Brick Apprenticeship with Mitchell and Urwin starting October 19.

  • Will Painter and Decorator

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    23 Sep 2019
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    Will was a participant from the recent Kickstart scheme and did his traineeship with DJ Warring. Will has continued to flourish and has now progressed from his traineeship on to a full-time apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating.

    As a local Bransholme resident Will is benefiting from being able to work on the Wawne Road development whilst he is undertaking his Apprenticeship and is looking forward to completing his course and becoming a qualified trade person.

    Will “I left school and went to college to study Painting & decorating but didn’t stick the course. Going through various jobs I realised it this was a career I wanted to do but didn’t think I would ever get the opportunity as an older person. I am so happy to have been given this chance to do a job I enjoy”

  • Josh Plumbing Apprentice

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    16 Sep 2019
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    Hard work and determination really does pay off! Josh is a true example of following your dreams. Josh has always wanted to be a plumber and has now another step further to achieving his goal. Josh came through City Works and undertook work experience on site, then completed his traineeship and has now secured an Apprenticeship with Ryedale Plumbing. Paul Tyler the managing Director of Ryedale is really pleased on how Josh has progressed his career so far and has committed putting Josh through his 4 year plumbing Apprenticeship. Paul said “young people like Josh are our future and it is great to see someone with such determination and drive”.

  • Roots to Roofs

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    18 Jun 2019
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    The Roots to Roof final is a STEM and Enterprise activity promoting careers in construction. We are inspiring primary school children to understand more about the many different career opportunities in our industry and stress it is for girls and boys! We go into the classrooms where they work in small teams and design a 2d model of a house including any Eco-friendly options, this is a hands on activity and we take in activity packs for them to use. They have a budget so have to work out costs and decide on materials to use, they then present their ideas to the class. We are promoting the skills of teamwork, communication, budgeting and presentation skills.


    We then ask them to bring their ideas to life by building a 3d model using recycled materials. Industry Ambassadors work with the pupils at the launch and also go back to judge a winning model from each school that has participated, and this entry then goes through to the final. We have had excellent support from local employers and the Citywide Partnership with their sponsorship of the top 3 prizes and the best team player awards.


    This project has grown from 5 schools participating in 2018 to 11 schools in 2019 and we are looking forward to this growing on an annual basis so we can excite and inspire the next generation to make construction a career of choice.


    Key Features

    Delivered in partnership with 11 local and national construction companies, CITB, Hull City Council and Hull Training providing industry expertise throughout the programme. Pupils also had a tour around the construction centre at Hull Training, looking at a range of different trade roles.


    Outcomes

    • 11 primary schools across the Humber region took part in the programme, with over 400 pupils engaged in developing a housing company and learning about all aspects of the industry

    • Prizes were awarded to the top 3 with the winning school receiving a cheque for £200, £150 for second runner up and £100 for 3rd. There was also recognition for one member from each school that had been the best team player. Every pupil received a goodie bag with items provided by all of the contractors involved in the programme

  • Beth Bricklayer Apprentice

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    10 Jun 2019
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    Since leaving School Beth Skinner always wanted a career in construction and on completing her final year in school was successful in gaining a place at Hull Training where she undertook an 18 month level 2 programme in construction maintenance. After completing the course Beth was successful in securing an Apprenticeship with Eurovia where she worked for 12 months as a ground worker. Beth wasn’t kept on with Eurovia and unfortunately found herself out of work for over a year. But Beth was determined to continue her dream of working in construction and returned to Hull Training to develop some bricklaying skills. She did this as a volunteer, attending daily as she was unable to get on the bricklaying course at that time.

    Through the Citywide partnership and the breadth of work in Hull Mitchell & Urwin Bricklaying Contractor offered an opportunity to Hull Training to put forward some young people as potential apprentices. Beth jumped at the opportunity and impressed them so much that she was offered an Apprenticeship. She has gone from strength to strength and is now close to completing her apprenticeship. She has recently achieved her level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying and is progressing onto her level 3 later this year.

    When asked what she enjoyed the most about the job she said

    ” looking back and seeing where I started and now being able to do all of the jobs on my own and see the houses I have worked on now completed gives me a real sense of pride”

    As a local Bransholme resident working at Wawne road it is great to have Beth as a role model for other young people in the area and especially promoting construction as a career for women.

  • Kickstart Programme

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    20 May 2019
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    Hull Citywide Partnership working together with Riverside have delivered their first Pre-employment construction programme.

    The Programme is delivered over 12 days and includes: Employability skills, Manual Handling, Working at Heights, On-site Fire warden, Banksman, COSHH, Health & Safety Level 2, CSCS test and 4 days practical construction work.

    The Training was delivered by Orchard Training and Source Solutions and much of the practical activity was undertaken at Bransholme community centre refurbishing the children’s play area that had become unsafe and derelict. 12 unemployed residents were identified with 11 turning up on the first day (including 1 women).

    Outcomes

    • 11 Residents completed the full Kick Start Programme and now have the skills and qualification to enter in to the construction industry
    • 6 potential Apprenticeship/ Job opportunities (5 within the Citywide Partnership) from the 11 learners, with the remaining 5 learners signed up onto construction training courses with Orchard Training

    • £126,986 of Social Value generated for the Local Authority and local community

  • Harry Apprentice Electrician

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    20 Mar 2019
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    Director Daniel Bell comments: "Since Harry joined the team as a school leaver, we have seen continued improvement in his ability to work as an electrician and in his own self confidence. Our qualified electricians are always keen to take Harry with them as he is keen to learn and always gets on with his work in a conscious and friendly manner.

    Harry has cemented himself as a valued member of our team and we look forward to seeing his progression in the future on becoming a qualified electrician himself"

    Harry comments: "I wanted to learn an exciting trade role so I chose to be an Electrician as I think there’s lots of different work you can do after completing an apprenticeship. In the future, I hope to own a business as you earn a good income and build a successful career. When I joined Bell Electrical, I was kindly welcomed by my employer and every other member of staff that work there. I feel I have learned lots of different skills while working here and knowledge in the electrical trade."