Construction Academy Boosts Job Prospects

Archived news: published on Monday 25 Jun 2018 by Fife Council

Fife Council Employability Services is leading on the delivery of another successful Construction Academy in partnership with Fife College and Fife-based employers.


The academies are delivered by the Fife Council funded Fife Job Contract. The funding seeks to address high levels of unemployment and to reduce the skills gap within industry sectors.


Academy candidates gain relevant skills and knowledge of the construction industry. The success of these employability academies enable young people have the support and assistance they need from start to finish, ensuring that they get on the career ladder.


Whilst at Fife Council’s Skills Development Conference Centre, Kirkcaldy, participants received health and safety training, including information on abrasive wheels and asbestos awareness, culminating in the completion of their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards. The candidates also received disability awareness training and employability skills support.


Working in partnership with Job Centre Plus and Fife College, candidates also gained City & Guilds certificates in painting and decorating and groundworks.


Service Manager, Lucinda McAllister, said: “We work tirelessly with our partners to ensure young adults have the skills they need to start their career. This Construction Academy has given these young adults the opportunity to access Modern Apprenticeships in the construction sector.  The Employability Team will work with course participants after their work experience to ensure that they find their way to employment. Our candidates will have the vital skills that construction employers are looking for to fill their vacancies.”


Councillor Altany Craik, Convener - Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said:  “Continuing to successfully boost employment for local people is a top priority for Fife Council. Construction Academies, now in their 6th year, are a very successful approach to providing skills, knowledge and recognised certificates. This allows our young people to be better prepared for the world of work and a career in construction.


“Local employers have provided an essential contribution by providing hands-on work experience. Our sincere thanks goes out to Adrian Scott Joinery, Thomas Menzies Builders, Block Build, Craig Adam Joinery, Realm Construction, East Fife Joinery, Michael Rees Painters, Scott & Simpson, Bedborough Construction and Campion Homes."


Construction Academy participant, Justin Yule, said: “The Academy has been really good, and I have learnt a lot. My placement was great with Thomas Menzies, as they gave me lots of different experiences in stone masonry, bricklaying and in their workshops. I am pleased to getting a chance to start my career with them. I’d recommend the Academy as a great place to start for anyone looking to work in construction.”


Daniel Dobbs, who had a placement with Adrian Scott Joinery, said: “I have been working on mansions at Loch Lomond, and at places in Fife. The academy is a good experience, and I would highly recommend this for someone wanting to go into construction.”


If you are interested in entering a career in construction, check for the latest vacancies and Academies.

Altany Craik, Councillor 
Tel: 07982318535 Contact Altany Craik online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT
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