Building up career skills on the job site

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AN initiative to provide school leavers with the chance to enrol on work experience placements is being rolled out across Wigan.

The CITC_Construction Skills-run Experience Construction scheme will provide youngsters with two and four week placements

Devised by the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board, it is being launced to give more young people help getting on to the first step on their career ladder and will provide opportunities directly in their local area.

Mick Hamill, regional delivery manager for CITB-ConstructionSkills in the North West, said: “This is a great opportunity for construction companies to put themselves forwards and make a crucial contribution to the industry. While the sector still faces challenges, it is important that we are still making sure that quality new entrants continue to enter the workforce to prevent a skills gap in the future.

“I now urge construction companies in Wigan to contact us to find out more information on signing up to the scheme and offering someone this experience and insight to our industry.” This also gives construction companies the opportunity to assess potential apprentices in a live working environment.

“Experience Construction is one way of helping a generation of young people to try out new careers before deciding on their future, particularly those who are not employed or in education and training, and to find opportunities on their doorstep.

“CITB-ConstructionSkills is looking for construction companies across England to support up to a 1,000 work placements and to sign up to the scheme to deliver 500 apprenticeship places following the work experience programme. The work experience placements will take place from February through to July.”

CITB-ConstructionSkills is the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the construction industry and was established as an SSC in 2003.

For further information please contact CITB-ConstructionSkills on 0300 456 5824 or contact your local area delivery manager.