It could be construction time again in Thurrock

FOURTEEN local young people will have the chance to explore the wide range of careers in the construction industry during an intensive training programme during May.

The Prince’s Trust is joining with Thurrock Council in running a free construction training programme for unemployed young people aged between 18 and 25.

Construction offers a broad range of careers – including trades, customer service, business administration, finance, IT and project planning.

Thurrock Council’s director of housing, Barbara Brownlee said: “When people think of the construction industry they tend to conjure up images of bricklaying or roofing. Those are valuable skills but that on-site work depends on input from skilled people in offices taking care of things like finance and business administration or managing the project.”

She continued: “The large-scale industrial development and new housing already underway in Thurrock – with a lot more projects in the pipeline – offer exciting opportunities for local young people.”

The programme will provide two weeks college training and two weeks work experience with a major employer. Such placements provide new skills and boost self-confidence when seeking further training or jobs.

Afterwards, the Prince’s Trust will provide up to six months support to help those taking part to find employment, education or further training opportunities.

However with interviews this week and the ‘taster day’ scheduled for next week, anyone interested in putting a first foot on the construction industry career ladder will have to move quickly.

Informal interviews will take place at Grays JobCentre Plus on Thursday 1st May. People who pass that stage will be invited to take part in the final selection session – a ‘taster day’ – on 8th May. The programme is full-time and runs from Monday 12th May to Friday 6th June 2014.

To find out more about the programme and to book an informal interview for this week, contact Carla Johnson by calling 07984 005934 or emailing

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