A group of young adults from around Bristol have been getting first-hand experience of business and enterprise with support from engineering and construction specialists, VolkerFitzpatrick and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
The team of seven trainees have just completed a 12 week programme that has seen them learn about health and safety, recruitment and work placements thanks to The Prince’s Trust Team Programme delivered out of City of Bristol College.
As part of the programme, the trainees (aged 17 to 25 years old) were given tips on interview techniques, CV writing and the world of work by experts from VolkerFitzpatrick.
They were given the opportunity thanks to VolkerFitzpatrick’s work as a National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) that was recently awarded to their Intercity Express Programme (IEP). The NSAFC status, delivered by CITB, was conferred on VolkerFitzpatrick because of the company’s commitment to maximise skills and employment opportunities on two of its live construction projects.
Gill Fry, VolkerFitzpatrick’s workplace coordinator commented: “The National Skills Academy for Construction provides amazing opportunities locally. We are passionate about making a difference to lives by involving them in our construction projects.
“We have already made obvious, positive steps at Stoke Gifford and this shows that the National Skills Academy is making a real difference in delivering high quality training for students which meets employer-defined standards. We are looking forward to being a part of and supporting another 12 week programme in the New Year.”
Rob Stewart, team leader from the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, added: “The support and input we have had from Gill and others at VolkerFitzpatrick has been invaluable. The team has benefited from the expertise of a different industry and this is reflected in the progression each one of them has made.”
Debbie Johnson, who heads up the National Skills Academy for Construction, commented: “This partnership between ourselves, VolkerFitzpatrick and the Prince’s Trust shows just how important it is for us all to work together to put construction on the agenda for the region’s young people. It’s great to see so many achievements coming out of the Skills Academy in this region before it’s even celebrated a year, and I’m looking forward to seeing what it will offer next.”
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