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Building on work experience

Posted onPosted on 19th Feb
Building on work experience

A man has worked on a Mansfield construction site thanks to the Prince’s Trust.

Kevin Sweet, 22, secured a place on the trust’s Get Into Construction work experience programme with housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat.

The programme focuses on 18 to 25-year-olds gaining experience in specific sectors, such as the construction industry, to improve employability skills.

As part of the programme, Prince’s Trust candidates were interviewed by Keepmoat staff in a mock interview.

They also completed a Keepmoat Health and Safety workshop, along with achieving their Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) Card and CSkills Level 1 in Multi-trade Construction Activities.

Kevin was at Brownlow Road, Mansfield, where Keepmoat is building a 64-home Extra Care development in partnership with Mansfield District Council.

He shadowed general construction operatives on a large-scale project to gain hands-on experience.

Gerry Doherty, Keepmoat project manager, said: “Keepmoat is always looking to work with partners to create opportunities for local people.

“During Kevin’s time on the site, he helped the ground workers to do plot drainage and ground compaction with the remote-controlled roller. Kevin gained valuable experience from working alongside the site team and was eager to learn.”

After the placement, the work experience candidates went to a celebration event where Keepmoat presented them with a work placement certificate and goody bag.

Fiona Ratcliffe, employment and skills co-ordinator at Keepmoat, said: “We are pleased that we were given the opportunity to work with the Prince’s Trust on this fantastic work experience opportunity, which is dedicated to encouraging employment in the construction industry.”

Stephanie Haines, programme executive for The Prince’s Trust, said: “For the Get into Construction programme in Nottingham, we were lucky enough to have Keepmoat provide fantastic placements across three sites. More than that, they had an understanding of our young people and shared our main goal; to try to get young unemployed people back into work.”

Pictured is Bob Kelly, vice-president of Construction for Stephenson College, with Kevin Sweet.