Future builders prepare for Apprenticeships
Six young people that have been working tirelessly over the last four months on a pre-apprenticeship course, are now preparing to be employed as fully fledged Apprentices.
The pioneering Future Builders project has been designed to support young people who have faced homelessness to learn new skills and successfully complete an apprenticeship, supported by low-cost housing, with the goal of work and a permanent place to live at the end of it.
Participants have been taking part in a pre-apprenticeship programme held at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College which has provided learners with the necessary skills needed to apply for various apprenticeships in the construction industry. In conjunction with 1625 Independent People (1625ip) and OVO Foundation, the students are in the process of transforming a house from ruins to liveable in just five months.
Sophie, one of the students on the Future Builders programme, is currently housed in temporary accommodation by 1625ip after having experienced homelessness.
After finishing a hairdressing course and deciding that it wasn’t for her, Sophie wanted to do something completely different; when 1625ip told her about the pilot scheme she decided it was the perfect opportunity. She comments: “I'm learning a lot of new skills and enjoying getting stuck in as part of a team. We had a challenge to redecorate a house in 2 days - we went in there and worked so well, we cruised through it! I knew we'd do it. It looked so nice when it was finished. It's proof of what you can actually achieve and I'm proud of myself.”
Sophie is now looking for a Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship, she added: “My goal for the future is to get an apprenticeship, work my way up to fully qualified and maybe own my own business one day.”
Alongside Painting and Decorating, our current cohort of Future Builders are looking for apprenticeship opportunities in Construction, IT, Health and Safety, Roofing and Logistics.
George Ridd, Head of Faculty for Construction and Engineering at SGS College comments: “The project has gone really well and the candidates have gained all the skills needed to apply for apprenticeships. We are working with a range of employers who have committed to providing placements so the project has been a great success. If new employers would like to pledge their support to this scheme I would be pleased to discuss it in more detail.”
For further information or to put yourself forward as an employer offering an apprenticeship, please contact Rick Appleyard on 01179 092334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org