Construction Gateway

The West Midlands is experiencing unprecedented economic growth.  The construction industry in particular is benefiting from multi-billion pound investments ranging from HS2 to a deal to build 215,000 new homes over the next few years.

Construction Gateway, developed by West Midlands Combined Authority, is a free recruitment and basic training programme available to all West Midlands-based construction companies.  The flexibility of the programme enables you, as the employer, to influence the content of the training programme in line with your organisation’s needs.

We can help new, established, large and small businesses build a ‘work-ready’ bank of construction workers.

Just tell us your recruitment and skills needs and we'll shape a pre-employment training programme to meet them. The four-week training programme is fully funding and includes CSCS cards and other statutory training.

All you have to do is give the trainees a job interview at the end of the programme and hopefully welcome new staff.

Call our dedicated Business Training Solutions Team on 01922 657000 or contact us here.
We’ll guide you through the process and help you to create the most effective employee training plan for your business.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the training take place and who is delivering it?

Training is being delivered by Walsall College at Walsall Housing Group’s (whg) Workplace venue and Walsall College’s Hawbush Campus.

There is no cost to employers for this training.

We will ask you to specify the training you require for your programme candidates. When they have completed this, we will invite you to interview them (either at The Workplace or at your company premises).
You are also welcome to visit the learners during their training if you wish.

Candidates will undertake an initial assessment, followed by four weeks full training before they are issued with a CSCS card and are able to work onsite.
Employers must guarantee an interview for the training to commence (either at The Workplace or at your company).
On completion of the course, we will purchase the candidates a Green Labourers CSCS card.

Brickwork, Carpentry, Groundworks, P&D, Tiling, Property Maintenance, Basic Plumbing, Multi-skills (a mix of each if required).
We can tailor the mix of training to suit employers’ requirements.

The Department of Work & Pensions will put candidates forward. Walsall College then hold information sessions, followed by an induction to test the suitability of the candidates we put forward to you.

The National Careers Service will meet with the applicants at the start of the programme to sign them up and create an Individual action plan.
As part of the programme, we will include employability training and work on the importance of good attendance, punctuality and work ethics.
We can also deliver an awareness session for the following:

  • Working at Heights
  • Manual Handling
  • Asbestos Awareness