Walsall College is encouraging small and medium-sized construction companies to get involved in a training scheme that stops them turning down building projects because they lack skilled workers. The Gateway to Construction Labour provides ‘work-ready’ individuals through a pre-employment programme supported by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
James Norris, Assistant Principal for Commercial Development at Walsall College said: “Small companies and tradespeople shouldn’t have to rule themselves out of projects or supply chains because they lack certain skills or struggle to find extra labour when they need to. We have solutions in place to help these businesses move in the right direction.
“Employers just have to tell us what extra labour they’re looking for and we will work with them to train the right people with the right skills – all in 20 days.”
Tailored to each employers’ needs, the Gateway to Construction Labour provides training in areas including groundwork, trowel operations, plastering, dry lining and carpentry. The four-week programme is fully-funded and includes CSCS cards and other statutory training.
Find out more about the programme here.