As the new Carnival Pool car park takes shape, it is offering a vital opportunity for one young man to take his first steps in the construction business.
Martin Kimber from Woodley, who has high-functioning autism, took part in a work placement on the project for two weeks with Balfour Beatty after completing his Construction Skills Certification Scheme Training at Reading College.
The placement, which was arranged by the Elevate Hub in partnership with Mencap and Balfour Beatty, has given Martin the hands-on experience he needs to start his career in the industry. During the placement Martin asked if he could gain an insight into the industry and to learn about the different stages involved in the multi storey car park project.
Martin was able to wear the full personal protective equipment (PPE) and have a look around the site. He was also had a chance to join various meetings with the project management team, work closely with the health and safety advisors and was able to help with site documents to better his knowledge and experience in the industry.
Andy Granata, Mencap employment coordinator, said: “Martin is made-up and extremely happy to be able to be involved. He has been a client of ours for a few months and has embraced new challenges with great confidence. I hope it can lead him to his next step, and eventually a paid job which he is so ready for. The support he has been offered by Balfour Beatty has been excellent and he has really been made part of the team.”
Wokingham Borough Council is seeking work with all of its contractors to support local people into employment and will be working with organisation such as Mencap to find the right opportunities for people.
Cllr Mark Ashwell, Wokingham Borough Council’s executive member for planning and regeneration, said: “It is great to hear Martin’s placement proved so successful. I wish him all the best and look forward to seeing more people take advantage of the opportunities being offered by the Wokingham town centre regeneration project.”
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