WellesleyWellesley Hampshire

Construction trainees across Hampshire are benefitting from on the job learning thanks to opportunities provided by companies such as Grainger and Churchill Contractors at the Wellesley housing development site as part of CITB’s Construction Skills Fund (CSF).
Aldershot was named as one of the five key hubs and, with Grainger’s and Brockenhurst College’s support, has seen resounding success since its launch. The training offers an opportunity for individuals to become site-ready for a role in construction through a unique training model which is driven by employer engagement . All trainees undertake a two week training course learning the key skills needed to secure the CSCS card in week one, followed by a week of further, more tailored training such as  Banksman certification.
The emphasis on employability as an outcome sets the scheme apart from other training courses, by ensuring new talent is presented with the opportunity to begin their career in construction through the support and commitment from local businesses.
 
  “ I really enjoyed the course and it has helped me get a job quicker than I thought I would” Daniel White CSF trainee

Success for trainees 

To date Churchills have offered employment to six trainees  on the Wellesley development. One such trainee is 18 year old Daniel White, who didn’t have any work experience prior to joining the CSF scheme. Daniel undertook his CSCS card preparation and test, secured a Health and Safety level one and Banksman certificates, and has been working as a Scaffolding Labourer on the Wellesley site with Churchill Contractors since early August. He is enjoying the work and hopes to achieve further qualifications in scaffolding with the support of Churchills.


Helping address the skills shortage 

George Hewitt, Director at Churchill Contractors, said: “For years and years we have struggled as a business to fill the skills gap onsite and I now believe we have a reliable source of good, hard working and, most importantly, committed young men/women.
 
“The construction industry has always lacked a connection between the training providers and the larger contractors, I think we may have found a solution that works with our business. I am thoroughly looking forward to building on this
relationship and helping these young people get into full time employment.”