New Project Helps Disadvantaged Construct a Career

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New Project Helps Disadvantaged Construct a Career

Twenty disadvantaged young people are to be given a head start in the construction industry, thanks to a new training project.

The Lighthouse Learner Project will provide the young people with access to training and employment opportunities, as well as support in gaining a foothold in the industry.

The nine day course, set over three weeks, will see the Lighthouse Learners acquire their OCN London accredited Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment and preparation to achieve a five-year CSCS card.

The young people on the course will also be supported with ongoing employability skills which will include CV and interview support. Another important element of the course is the opportunity to meet industry role models, going on site visits and connecting with potential employers.

The project is being organised by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, in conjunction with the Construction Youth Trust. The Learners will join the Trust's Budding Builders Programme, based out of their training centre in Bermondsey.

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity provides financial aid and emotional support to construction families in crisis situations. It hosts a 24/7 confidential helpline, supported by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, and allows those in crisis access to services including financial aid, advice on occupational health and mental wellbeing and support on legal, tax and debt management matters.

The charity also supports educational initiatives aimed at improving employment conditions and career opportunities within the construction industry.

Bill Hill, Chief Executive at Lighthouse, said: "We are delighted to be able to provide this funding and work with Construction Youth Trust. As with everything we do, we can only do this with the support of our industry, and so I would like to say a special thank you to Canary Wharf Contractors, Morgan Sindall and Laing O'Rourke for committing to site visits, work placements and mentoring, Randstad CPE for helping with CV and employability advice and Work and Wear for making sure our learners are safely kitted out with PPE.

“We want to make sure young people from diverse backgrounds are offered the chance to find out more about careers in construction, and working. This collaboration means that we can offer our Lighthouse Learners invaluable first -hand experience, the opportunity to meet top employers in the industry and enable them take part in informative and practical courses."

Carol Lynch, Chief Executive at Construction Youth Trust, added: "We are excited to be partnering up with a fellow construction charity which is as passionate about opportunities in the industry as we are. This is a real chance to reach out to the huge untapped and under-represented talent of diverse young people."

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