The Wates Building Futures project was launched in 2005. It is a two week accredited vocational training programme targeted at adults 19+, not in education, employment or training. It provides basic construction training along with return to work skills to prepare participants making the transition into employment or training. All graduates receive six months support post programme to help find sustainable employment. To date over 1,030 people have completed programme across the UK.
The last course held in Wembley Park was very successful for nine unemployed locals. The candidates gained hands on experience in plumbing and joinery and were supported through a BTEC Level 1 in Construction. They also trained for and had exams booked for them to obtain their CSCS card, which will enable them to work within the sector. The candidates were taken on 2 site visits to live Wates projects, and Resourcing Group, Fawkes and Reece, Oneill & Brennan and Wates Building Services attended mock interviews, to put the candidates through various interview scenarios.
The programme was finished off with the completion of a community project, where they transformed a worn out store room into a new consultation room for Bridge Park Community Centre.
Daniel advised that he had severe dyslexia but the Building Futures trainers were excellent at helping him with this. On completion of the programme, Daniel said:
It’s the best course [I’ve] ever attended and would recommend it to anyone.
Since completing the course, Daniel has secured work as a trainee painter/decorator in Neasden and he started his employment on the 6th February.