Get Into Construction – week one, done!
Friday! That means it’s the end of the first week of our Get Into Construction course with the Prince’s Trust, Cadwyn and Jehu. And what a brilliant week it has been!
Our fifteen has grown to sixteen, because our first reserve impressed us so much that the Prince’s Trust allocated us some extra funding so we could offer another place. That turned out to be a good decision – without exception, each one of the sixteen has shown enthusiasm, commitment and a real willingness to learn, despite the incredibly hot weather.
It’s been an intensive week, with interview training, Construction Industry Training Board apprenticeship tests (13 out of 16 passed first time!), Emergency and Basic First Aid Training, a session from a Jehu Project Manager, a Health and Safety session – you name it, the lads have done it, and done it well.
On top of the training, the lads have also been planning for their work experience project – building and repairing play equipment at Pentrebane Primary School. They have been busy researching different options for the playground, pricing everything up to make sure they don’t go over budget, and sharing tasks according to different abilities and preferences. All of this is being done by the lads themselves, which is giving them a real understanding of the processes involved in even a very small construction project.
So – week one is nearly done; next week we have another busy few days, including the chance to get hands dirty with the Construction Youth Trust, a healthy living session at a local gym, more fun with the Construction Industry Training Board – and of course the start of the work experience part of the course next Friday!
There’s lots of people to thank for this first week going so smoothly – Anwen from the Prince’s Trust, Simon from Communities First, Vince from Jehu, Kath and Martin from Cadwyn, Ronnie and Sue from Pentrebane Zone. But the biggest thank you has to go to every single one of the lads themselves, for being so ready to make the most of the experience. WELL DONE! And here’s to an equally brilliant couple of weeks to come!
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