As an area of significant growth, with many construction projects happening across the county, the Northamptonshire construction skills programme has been providing a fantastic free training opportunity for people who are interested in building a career in construction.

This has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Department for Education (DfE) to address the national skills gap in construction, and we are working with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and local training providers to deliver the courses in line with COVID-19 secure guidelines. 

Through the free programme, a varied package of learning and hands-on experience is being provided covering essential construction courses and a range of building trades. Courses delivered are industry recognised and offer the opportunity to gain essential construction qualifications including CSCS card accreditation, enabling participants to work on a construction site.  Since the programme launched in 2019, we have already provided training for almost 400 people across Northamptonshire.

The courses offered are now fully booked, but we are hoping to be able to offer more training later in the year. If so, we will be advertising them on this web site and on other social media platforms. Meanwhile watch this short video to find out more on what the programme is all about (This film was produced before the COVID-19 pandemic):

Watch this short video to find out more on what the programme can offer you (This film was produced before the COVID-19 pandemic):

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The training courses

Training covers a minimum of five days, with a mix of online and classroom based learning with qualified tutors, as well as practical experience on a construction site to really give a feel for what it's like to work in the industry.

On completion of the training, essential and industry recognised basic level qualifications are awarded relevant to the courses taken including health and safety, manual handling, first aid and CSCS card accreditation which will give you access to construction sites and is a vital requirement to work in the industry.

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Meet the construction workers

What's it really like to work in construction? Find out from some workers who are involved in construction projects across Northamptonshire.

​"There can be stigma around women working in construction, so I was nervous starting my role. It's not just a job for men though, women can definitely do it too and I would encourage them to make the career move if they are interested!

"I'm part of a great and diverse team and shouldn't have worried. My role gives me the change to learn and grow professionally and personally. The best bit is knowing I'm helping to make a difference in my local area."

​"I always wanted to work in construction since I was a young lad. When I left school I started my training in construction and my mind was made up! I enjoy the challenges the job brings, the career opportunities and the variety of projects you get to work on."

"The sense of achievement you get when your building projects are complete is over-whelming. It feels great to see people using and enjoying a building that you've helped create."

"Anyone can work in construction, there are thousands of roles in the industry and something suitable for everybody's skills and abilities. If you're interested, definitely go for it!"

​"I'm doing an apprenticeship which is brilliant as I get to try a bit of everything. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do in construction yet, so my apprenticeship is a great way to get involved with lots of different aspects and see how it all works together."

"There are so many opportunities in construction, it doesn't only mean working on building sites, you could work in an office doing planning, or lay cables and infrastructure, or even build and repair roads. The possibilities do seem endless, it's a great industry to get into."

"I was nervous starting my apprenticeship on site. The team have been great though, really welcoming and always happy to answer my questions which I have a lot of!"

"I go to college for study days as part of my apprenticeship where I get to catch up with other apprentices while learning off site skills. I really enjoy this side of it as it's great to hear what other people are doing, we all learn from each other."

"Go for it if you are interested, there's such a variety in construction. Every day is different which keeps you motivated and wanting to learn more."

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Are you a construction employer wanting to know more?

For the Construction Skills Programme we want to work with local construction employers who are keen to support our learners with their next steps. Could your organisation work with us on any of the following?

  • Providing work experience for the Construction Skills Programme learners
  • Offering apprenticeships
  • Sharing information about jobs available and giving access to job interviews
  • Running a short training session for learners

If you would like to help or if you would like to know more contact the Construction Hub.

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