Students Boost Qualifications Thanks To Construction Futures

A group of construction apprentices studying at Moulton College in Northampton have completed their Level 1 CITB Health and Safety course – funded by Fusion21’s Construction Futures initiative.

The scheme which delivers cost effective ways of providing training and jobs through public planning and procurement systems – is currently working with a number of local authorities including Northampton Borough Council and Daventry District Council.

Seventeen apprentices – aged 16-18 years and working towards Level 1 qualifications in trades including carpentry and plumbing – completed the one-day course, which covers the importance of health and safety procedures when working on a construction site.

Attendees are now eligible to sit their CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) training before applying for a CSCS card - needed to start work on a construction site.

In partnership with Construction Futures – the students took the opportunity to bring their studies to life and visited Apex Park commercial development, currently being built in Daventry, Northampton.

The trip gave the apprentices practical experience of seeing how a live construction site operates. Construction Futures is supporting Daventry District Council, and contributing towards training obligations being met by Apex Park site developer Prologis.

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Photograph above: Moulton Colleges apprentices on site at the Apex Park development in Daventry, Northampton.

Dave McGuinness, Social Value Manager at Fusion21, said: “There is a pipeline of construction projects in Daventry, and this presents fantastic opportunities for future generations to learn new skills, and find construction-based work and apprenticeships.

“Working closely with Daventry District Council, Construction Futures is enhancing the qualifications and experiences of Moulton College students – bringing them a step closer to securing employment, upon the completion of their apprenticeships.”