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Course helps adults looking for career in construction

Course helps adults looking for career in construction

23 January 2020
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We’re looking to help adults back into work this spring by running an adult education course aimed at helping people get into construction. 


Wokingham Borough Council has teamed up with infrastructure group Balfour Beatty to design and deliver a course which is targeted at people thinking about entry level jobs such as labourers, gate keepers and banks persons.


The course will help learners to identify and develop the strengths which employers desire, understand the different roles available in construction locally, practise interview techniques and gain an understanding of health and safety requirements on site.


It will be delivered by the council’s tutors and staff from Balfour Beatty and will be very interactive, with lots of discussion and exercises based on real life situations. 


Classes start on Wednesday 12 February and will run for six weeks every Wednesday between 10am and noon from Wokingham Library.


“Helping people get into work is hugely important and this course presents a fantastic opportunity for adults of all ages,” said Cllr UllaKarin Clark, executive member for children’s services, including adult education courses. 


“Construction is an industry with a real breadth and depth of options, so having our partners Balfour Beatty working alongside on this helps bring this to life.


“I’d urge any resident who is out of work, whether looking to change career paths or get back into the industry, to sign up for this course and make the most of this fantastic opportunity.”


“This course is a fantastic opportunity for Balfour Beatty to introduce learners to the construction industry,” said Andy Bradshaw, Balfour Beatty project manager.


“It will support them with gaining and developing the industry knowledge and key skills required to succeed which will allow them to explore and expand upon areas of interest, helping them make informed choices about their career aspirations.


“We are really pleased to support this excellent initiative, one which we strongly believe will help make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of individuals who are keen to consider a role within the construction sector.”


The council is working alongside Balfour Beatty to build its £124million Major Highways Programme. The contractor is delivering these projects under the SCAPE Framework for the council.


To sign up you need to be 19 or older as of 31 August 2019, be an EU citizen and have lived in an EU country for at least the last 3 years. (Exemptions apply - please contact the Adult Education team for more information). 


Applicants with additional learning needs are welcome to apply but should discuss their needs with the adult education team before the course starts. Places must be booked in advance.


You can book today by calling (0118) 974 3797 or emailing adulteducation@wokingham.gov.uk

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