Aspiring electricians, plumbers, painters, plasterers and bricklayers are getting ready for the world of work thanks to a new partnership between Northampton College and a leading construction training company.
The tie-up with Apple Construction will see 50 Level 2 and 3 Construction students take a two-day course to obtain their ‘CSCS card’ – an industry-specific ‘green card’ scheme which effectively acts as a ‘passport’ allowing tradespersons to work on a fully-fledged construction site.
The course involves students take part in health and safety preparation, manual handling and preparing for a written test. Much of the training is hands-on, with practical sessions laid on at the company’s base in Fenny Compton, Warwickshire which doubles as a construction site for the HS2 railway project.
Mark Bradshaw, curriculum manager for construction, said: “The CSCS card is vitally important, without it you won’t be allowed on a site to work. By giving our learners the chance to get their card now, we are presenting them with the final piece in the jigsaw, they’re ready to get out there and work.
“Our Advanced Construction Engineering Centre is preparing the next generation of construction workers and giving them the real-world skills they need to get out there into the workplace and earn a living. This isn’t just about passing exams, it’s about getting them ready hit the ground running and make a real difference to companies who need high-quality workers capable of getting on with the job.”
The two-day courses are taking place for students over the age of 18 until the end of February. The card will remain valid for three years.