A TRIO of students from the Dispatch district are building towards a career in construction — thanks to a new pre-apprenticeship programme launched by New College Nottingham (ncn).
The aim of the initiative is to help 16-to-19-year-olds find employment. Twenty-five students have already enrolled, including Callum Thurman (19), of Hucknall, George Roy (17), of Hucknall, and Joshua Waddilove (18), of Bulwell.
The course equips young people with key skills before ncn, using its contacts with local employers, works with those enrolled to help them find a suitable apprenticeship.
Students gain experience at ncn’s purpose-built workshops where they can try a range of crafts including brickwork, plastering, plumbing, joinery and tiling. They also learn interview techniques and IT skills and are given support writing their CVs.
Callum said: “After completing my plastering course at ncn, I managed to find a job but was later made redundant.
“This new programme is great because I can train in a broader range of trades, widening my skill set. I’m looking forward to starting in September and feel confident that I will find work at the end of it.”
Earlier this year, Callum achieved second place in the plastering category of SkillBuild 2011 — Britain’s biggest construction skills competition.
OUR PHOTO shows Callum (left) with fellow students Joshua (centre) and George.