The 40-strong group of 16 to 21-year-olds were treated to two days of intensive training by social enterprise company Fusion 21 – whose ‘Construction Futures’ initiative offers students the correct certification they need to gain construction-based industry placements, work experience and apprenticeships.
Following two days of studying, revision and training the students now have a valuable health and safety qualification and are all set to sit the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) – a vital qualification for anyone wanting to work in the construction industry.
Fusion 21’s Ian McDonough said: “We are committed to getting local people upskilled and giving back to our communities, so we are delighted to have been able to work with and support Northampton College students.
“A CSCS card is an essential qualification in the construction industry and proves you have the skills you need to work in a trade. For students to get their card before even leaving college is a huge advantage and will help these young people secure employment, experience and apprenticeships.”
The Fusion 21 training has come at the perfect time, with Northampton College’s new Advanced Construction and Engineering Centre (ACE) now mid-construction.
The ACE Centre, due to open its doors in September 2019, will help train the next generation of builders, plumbers and decorators and teach pioneering new techniques aimed at equipping the workforce of the future with the very latest skills.
Alongside courses which focus on craft skills there will also be courses at Level 3 for those looking for supervisory, technician or management careers in the sector, such as in Civil Engineering, Building Services Engineering, or Project Management.
The College is now seeking to recruit staff who have a strong interest in education and training within Construction and the Built Environment to support our new curriculum.
It is holding two Construction and the Built Environment Staff Recruitment Fairs in January, on Thursday 10th and Tuesday, 15th, at its Booth Lane campus. Book and find out more here.