A group of young people in South Devon have been given a chance to sample a career in construction thanks to an initiative supported by Cavanna Homes.
Eat That Frog is a community interest company in the South West, which is providing a two-week academy course for young adults to give them a helping hand into the construction sector.
The first construction academy course was held at Parkfield in Paignton. Students are given a range of practical tasks with hands-on activities, a test, and a level one qualification in health and safety.
Our Head of Health and Safety, Richard Henderson, and Assistant Site Manager, Ian Napier spent a day with the students teaching them valuable skills and guidance as well as sharing their experience and knowledge from working in the homebuilding industry.
Richard Henderson, who was also asked to assess and feedback on the students work, said: “This is a great opportunity for young adults to get hands-on experience and a real taste of what working in the construction industry is like.
“When Eat That Frog asked if we would like to support this course we leapt at the chance, and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with the students and sharing our insights to help them in the future. We hope that this initiative will encourage more young adults to explore the vast career opportunities available in the construction sector”.
Successful students will be offered a CSCS card, which shows future employers that they have the required training and qualifications to carry out the job they are applying for.
Lucy McGorian from Eat That Frog, added: “We know that Cavanna Homes has a strong reputation for encouraging young people to get into the construction sector, so when we approached Richard and the team we were thrilled that they were happy to support our students.
“This course has been so successful that we already have a waiting list for the next one, which we will be running before Christmas! This is a real credit to all the support and time that has been generously given to provide our students with the very best advice and guidance from those already in the industry”.
Eat That Frog specialise in offering people aged 16 and over who are not comfortable in a traditional learning environment, or who may have missed learning opportunities in life due to personal circumstances, the chance to get additional training and knowledge in their chosen field. They also offer a range of workshops and short courses for people who want to upskill, learn something new or who need support for their wellbeing.
We take pride in supporting young people to join the construction sector. To find out more about our apprenticeship schemes or career vacancies, please visit our careers page here: https://www.cavannahomes.co.uk/careers/.