Already in the first two months of 2017, 18 aspiring bricklayers have joined the National Construction Academy to start their journey in becoming successful in the construction industry. These candidates have all been through a thorough interview process in order to earn their place amongst the group and are now progressing through a traineeship in Bricklaying in order to impress their employer and earn a place on a Level 2 Trowel Occupations Apprenticeship.
The trainees will all undertake a 12 week programme, which includes 6 weeks work experience with their potential employer for a Level 2 Apprenticeship.
Nearly half of the 18 new candidates this year have already been successful in overcoming one of the first hurdles in the course, which is to pass the CITB Hazard and Environment Test, to be eligible for their first CSCS card. Equipped with their CSCS card, valuable knowledge and training, these trainees have begun their work experience in real worksites across Derbyshire, playing a valuable role in supporting their employer.
Other trainees are actively studying as part of their programme, to develop their skills, become site-ready and able to achieve their CSCS card.
The candidates from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have all demonstrated a keen desire to be the solution to the UK construction sector skills gap and develop successful careers.
Thomas Marples, Head Of National Construction Academy said ‘It is really exciting to see such a fantastic group of individuals looking to further their careers in the construction industry. With the demands for new housing and the skills gap forming the opportunities, it is a really exciting time for young people to build a prosperous career in the construction sector.’