Help For Unemployed Construction Workers

Fri, 01/06/2001 - 01:00

A new free programme has been launched in County Durham to help people from the construction industry get back into work.

East Durham College’s Business Academy has launched their first Sector-based Work Academy for the construction industry - in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, East Durham Homes and Wates Living Space.

Sector-based work academies are one of the ‘Get Britain Working’ measures and run for up to six weeks. The programme consists of three elements: pre employment training, a work experience placement and a guaranteed job interview.

A group of 10 unemployed construction workers from the East Durham area are the first to get the opportunity to take part in the programme and started their work experience placement where they will be supervised by Wates Living Space and be involved in the delivery of Decent Homes works for East Durham Homes.

Les Thomson, Project Manager at Wates Living Space, said: “We are very keen to work with the College and Jobcentre Plus in developing training programmes. It’s very good to see such a high standard of people who are very enthusiastic about coming on the work placement.”

Michael Munkcaster, who secured a placement with Wates, said: “I think the programme is great, it’s excellent to get good experience of working for a first class contractor. Everyone here has been very helpful and hopefully I can secure a job or possibly go self-employed after it.”

Paul Robson, Job Seeker Opportunities Manager with Jobcentre Plus, added: “Sector-based work academies are an excellent way for the local unemployed to gain training and work experience in a variety of industries.

“Jobcentre Plus is working with a number of local firms on this initiative and we would encourage other businesses to take part.”

For more information, or if you would like to apply, please contact the East Durham College Business Academy on 0191 518 8390 or call into your local Jobcentre Plus.