Training academy offers more than just work experience

28th February 2017

27 February 2017 – Kier Living, the residential arm of Kier Group, has teamed up with City College Plymouth to deliver the North Prospect Training Academy (NPTA), a six week course that offers local job seekers a level 1 qualification in construction.

Training academy offers more than just work experience
Kier Living, which is currently carrying out the regeneration of North Prospect Phase 3 for social housing provider Plymouth Community Homes (PCH), has created the NTPA to improve the long-term career prospects of trainees who take the course. Once learners have completed their CSCS card, they will be offered on-site work experience with Kier Living and its supply chain. The programme comprises a mixed approach; for the first two weeks learners will undertake both theoretical and practical learning at the same time as CSCS training. Learners will be then be work with Kier Living subcontractors for work experience in the final weeks of the training. Kier Living has been working with PCH and City College as well as Job Centre Plus to ensure the success of the NPTA and their shared goal of re-employment of local people. Pete Sadler, operations director, Kier Living, said: “The construction industry is facing a skills shortage, and it became clear that there a few training facilities within the South West. We hope that this mix of practical and theory will prove more valuable to trainees than traditional work experience, particularly as they will achieve a qualification at the end of their training period. “Our new offer will leave trainees with bright career prospects, and we hope many will go onto full-time employment as a result. We’re grateful to our supply chain, who have really bought into the concept and will help us make it a success.” Andrew Lawrie, head of development at PCH, said: “Providing training opportunities to local people was an important factor in PCH deciding to work with Kier to deliver Phase 3. So we are pleased that this academy offers the skills and training on a live building site. It would be even greater if this opportunity opens up opportunities for local people to then move into long-term employment.” Matthew MacClean from Key Account Manager City College Plymouth adds: “City College Plymouth is delighted to be working in partnership with Kier Living to provide local people with the opportunity to learn new skills that could allow them to gain real jobs in a rapidly expanding sector.” The Phase 3 development is part of PCH’s £120m regeneration of North Prospect. PCH is replacing 800 existing poorly-performing homes in with more than 1100 new homes for rent, shared ownership and open market sale. The programme is being delivered across five phases. To date, more than 500 new homes have been built and the final phase is due to complete in 2022. Health and safety is the highest priority for Kier Living. North Prospect site received the LABC Safest Site award in December which was awarded by Plymouth City Council’s Building Control team.