23 July 2019

If you are leaving the Armed Forces and looking for a new opportunity, an exciting new training programme has launched in Northamptonshire giving people the opportunity to build a career in the construction industry. This could be just the training for you if you're looking to try something new.

The Construction Skills Programme has been set up nationally by the Department for Education (DfE) in conjunction with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to help bridge the nationally recognised skills shortage in the construction industry. The programme will offer people free bitesize training courses to help get their construction career off the ground.

As Northamptonshire is a growth county with many important development projects happening in the area, Northamptonshire County Council has secured £1m of the DfE's Construction Skills Fund and are taking the lead on establishing a construction skills hub for the county. 

The training courses will help you develop skills across a huge range of building trades, including associated office skills and hands-on work experience at live construction sites. This will give you the opportunity to put the foundations in place for a career in construction, with anyone not already working in the sector being able to apply regardless of their abilities, background or experience.

Training includes:

  • An introduction to the construction sector, the different roles and opportunities available.
  • Hands-on work experience at live construction sites throughout Northamptonshire.
  • Basic level industry recognised qualifications including health and safety, CSCS card accreditation and other specific training aligned to a job role available on site.
  • Employability and personal work skills.

Find out more

Expressions of interest are now open for the Construction Skills Programme, with applications encouraged from ex-service personnel because of the strong work ethic you bring, teamwork skills and motivated attitude.

Express your interest now 

If you have any questions, you can email constructionhub@northamptonshire.gov.uk


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