EN:Able Communities’ CS4L (Construction Skills 4 Life) entry level construction training courses at the Humber Construction Hub ran from November 2021 to May 2022.
The programme was made possible thanks to funding provided by two grants from B&CE through the Mowlem Award and the ESF Community Grants programme. EN:Able Communities were successful in their application for £20k grant funding from the Humber Learning Consortium ESF fund.
Free entry level training for 28 people living in and around Hull facing barriers to employment
The funding paid for the training of 28 people in the Hull city area with barriers to training and employment to boost their job prospects and social mobility.
The programme of 5 x 2-week courses held over 6 months was a great success.
We were able to support learners who were previously unemployed to gain entry level qualifications in basic skills required to work on construction sites. This included Manual Handling, Emergency First Aid, Health and Safety, Practical Skills, CSCS Cards alongside employability training to help them use the experience and their new skills and qualifications to access jobs.
The free courses also provided learners with the opportunity to gain real hands-on work experience, training with local provider Source Solutions.
What learners said...
"I came to the UK in 2009 as a refugee from the Congo. After doing an IT and business course at college I struggled to find work in factories and completed a fishing course and worked on a boat for a few months until the season went quiet.
This course is great. I’ve learned more in depth First Aid training and that there’s more to painting than picking up a brush. Having my CSCS card will help me establish a landscaping company.”
"I’ve been a scaffolder throughout my career, working all over the UK and had scaffolding/Streetworks and Asbestos Awareness qualifications. I wanted to renew my qualifications to access work and had previously done courses with Source Solutions.
This course was really good. There was great support. The First Aid at Work was very useful. I’m now looking for work hoping these qualifications will open doors for me in the construction industry.”
" I’ve worked in construction before, installing roof trusses, doing joinery. I’ve been out of work for the last 2 years. The DWP referred me to this course.
It was brilliant. The staff were phenomenal.
I’m now waiting for confirmation that I have a job with Bureau Engineering doing civil works to install digital cables. ”
"I’m originally from Ireland and have been in the England for 16 years. I’ve worked all over the world and in construction before. I want to settle down and work in one place now. The course has helped me renew qualifications such as First Aid at Work.
This course is good, the staff are nice and work hard and the learners too. The only thing that would improve it would be a bacon butty!
I want to work in construction and do plant training and am hoping to return to Ireland in a few years.”