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Partnership helps ten local people retrain for new career in construction

Ten Chesterfield locals who wanted to change their career direction have successfully graduating from a training programme run by the WorkSkills team, part of Learning Unlimited/Chesterfield College Group. The programme has provided them with the essential qualifications and experience they need to secure a job in the construction industry.

The Pathways4Life programme, designed by national maintenance and refurbishment contractor company Fortem, was delivered in Chesterfield in December in partnership with Job Centre Plus and Chesterfield Borough Council.  The scheme was driven by Chesterfield Borough Council’s plans to ensure local residents and businesses can directly benefit from any new investments or developments in the town.

The 4 week programme provides unemployed people with the chance to retrain, providing a mix of classroom lessons and work experience on local building sites. Successful participants graduated from the programme with an Asbestos Awareness Certificate and a CSCS card. Through the training providing by the WorkSkills team, all of those on the programme were able to pass important Level 1 qualifications in Employability and Health and Safety in a Construction Environment.

“It’s been really beneficial to be part of this. The skills and qualifications it has given us on top of the experiences we have had are fantastic. I’ve tried to get into the construction industry before but this time I feel like I have come away with people management skills too. I have learnt so much that I can take away into my next career.”

Christian Smallwood, course participant

Call the WorkSkills team at Chesterfield College on 01246 500701 to find out more about qualifications designed to help you retrain for a new career.