Fast-track brickwork course lays foundation for construction careers

Published: Friday 28th July 17

Eight local men and women have successfully completed a unique fast-track brickwork qualification and are on course to join Wandsworth’s fast growing construction jobs market.

The graduates worked for 15 weeks, securing a Level 2 Diploma in Brickwork, as well as a CSCS safety card which all tradespeople need before they can start work on a live development site.

Graduates celebrate receiving their completion certificates.

The course was created by Wandsworth Council, Job Centre Plus and South Thames College, and is specifically designed to help unemployed residents to rapidly gain the skills and qualifications they need to join the workforce.

Wandsworth Council’s Work Match recruitment team is now helping the graduates into apprenticeships, with several already securing roles on local development sites.

Jake, 18 from Roehampton, took full advantage of the course and has now secured a placement with contractor Chine Brickwork. He has started work on The Podium, a development by Linden Homes on York Road, Battersea.

Jake said: “’The course was really good and tutors were very helpful. I’ve now started my work placement and I am enjoying my first week on site. I am looking forward to starting my NVQ soon to continue my training to be a bricklayer.”

Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Business Development, Cllr Kim Caddy, said:

“London desperately needs skilled tradespeople and I'm delighted so many local residents are now seizing the opportunities that development is bringing to our borough.

“If you’re unemployed it can be difficult to get the entry level skills you need for new roles, and this partnership project is just one of the ways the council is bridging the gap.”

Graduate Jake with Cllr Caddy.

Jamie Stevenson, Director of Business Partnerships and Head of the Business Centre at South Thames College, said: “Equipping local residents with the skills needed to get into employment is a key priority at South Thames College and we are delighted we have been able to support these local residents.

“As London is in desperate need of skilled construction workers, we offer a range of courses in this sector, which focus on getting individuals work-ready, meaning they finish college not only with a qualification but with the vital skills needed to start their careers.”

The council’s Work Match team have now helped over 700 local residents into work or training and they have dozens of live job vacancies, apprenticeships and other training opportunities to choose from.

Many of these new roles are in Nine Elms where a 15-year development programme is now creating around 4,000 new affordable homes, new schools, shops, offices, NHS health centres, public parks and two new Northern line Tube stations.

Thousands of construction jobs are being created during the regeneration process, while the construction of 6.5 million sq ft of new commercial space will provide a further 25,000 permanent jobs as retailers and other businesses, like Apple, begin to move in. 

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This is exactly what we need more of before Brexit takes much of our skilled labour away. Well done Wandsworth, you make me proud to live here
Tom Frank

28 July 2017