Monday, February 26, 2024

Certificates for training course for long term unemployed

EIGHTEEN long-term unemployed people celebrated winning a nationally recognised training qualification on Friday (9 August) at the Culver Centre in South Ockendon.

Building Futures is a two-week NVQ Level 1 course organised by Wates, one of three contractors chosen to refurbish Thurrock’s council housing stock over the next five years.

The successful trainees who completed the vocational programme in construction received their certificates from Cllr Val Morris-Cook, the council’s portfolio holder for housing.

She said: “What these trainees have achieved is so impressive and this will now give them really strong grounding to build a solid career.

“And this is only the beginning, now that our housing capital programme is off the ground I want to ensure that at least 30 per cent of all our work goes to local residents. The same applies to apprenticeships and I have made a promise to all these trainees that they will be on the main tender list to be considered for contracts going forward.”

The course targets local long-term unemployed people who are 19 or over and involves a combination of academic and practical training. It aims to provide all trainees with a valuable insight into the construction industry from plumbing, painting, tiling, woodwork and more.

In addition to the qualification, all candidates achieve a greater awareness of asbestos and receive a CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) to get a fundamental understanding of health and safety in the work place.

Sean Flanders, 24 from Grays who trained on the course said: “I found this two weeks really productive in giving us the resources we need to find work.

“Two weeks ago I didn’t know how to plumb a sink in and it’s just one of the new skills I have now learned. I am hoping this training will now help me to find work in ceiling suspension.”

Stuart Laird, Chief Operating Officer of Wates Living Space said these are essential requirements for anyone who wants to gain employment in the UK construction industry.

He added: “We really support this programme as a business. It’s been a very successful two weeks for all involved and a very positive step for Wates in continuing to work with Thurrock Council.

“We will be following up with all these candidates in the near future to see how they are progressing and wish them every success in gaining long-term employment.”


  1. Well done to these guys for taking the time to attend the course.
    I really hoped that Val Morris-Cook would have had higher expectations than 30% of labour being sourced locally, that’s millions of pounds of tax payers money being spent outside the borough and lots more people being employed from outside Thurrock.
    How can this be good news ?

  2. This has obviously been great for the people who have attended the course, but was this not what the now underfunded and forgotten Thurrock Trade School used to do on behalf of Thurrock Council?
    As for Cllr Morris-Cook’s assurance that these people after a 3 year apprenticeship will then be able to be on the main tender list for the works going forward! I think this really is proof that she has lost her marbles.
    If local reputable builders are being overlooked for contracts and work, how are 18 newly qualified tradespeople going to complete a competent PQQ, get through to tender, and then beat the cut price big boys!!! who do it for half price of anyone else we’ve been told?

  3. Some Certificates are are not worth the paper they are printed on so i hope they are not gona expect to walk into a job with that?


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