Having obtained their skills certificates from the Fife Works Construction Academy, a dozen trainees are now celebrating their success and taking up work experience positions on building sites across the region.
The Fife Works project, organised by Kingdom Housing Association in partnership with Campion Homes, offers participants a four-week academy programme for knowledge and qualifications in tasks such as manual handling, asbestos awareness, abrasive wheels and working at heights, with the trainees also undertaking the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) training test. In the 2016/17 period, the scheme has helped 366 people into employment.
Joanne Aitken, senior employability officer with Fife Works, says: “The participants have all demonstrated exceptional levels of enthusiasm and commitment and confirmed the team would continue to work with them all to help them find permanent employment.”
Those taking part in the latest programme, all aged 18 to 19, all live locally and will now work on a variety of Kingdom’s sites during July. They were awarded their qualifications at a ceremony where they met the housing association’s chief executive Bill Banks.
One of the trainees is Arran Dunn, who lives in a Kingdom Housing property in Glenrothes. He says of the scheme: “I thought the training section of the academy was really good and I’ve got a lot of new qualifications from it. The work placement with Campion Homes will be really good practical experience for me and will hopefully lead to something permanent.”