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According to the CITB’s ‘Construction Skills Network’ Report released last month the South West’s annual recruitment requirement is the strongest across the UK and means an extra 32,000 new workers are needed between by 2025.

Building Greater Exeter (BGE) have been working on a joint initiative in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and PGL Training to help those currently unemployed to access jobs in construction.

Face to face training started yesterday 6th July at PGL’s Training Centre in Sowton and included participants from Exeter and East Devon. (picture includes course participants, Kristina Cousins, PGL Training Ltd and Dawn Chamberlain, Building Greater Exeter)

During the last two weeks Dawn Chamberlain, Project Manager for BGE, has been meeting with potential participants in Exeter Works as part of the Construction Job Shop to discuss potential vacancies and training opportunities with them.

Dawn said, “The initiative provides access not only to the CSCS card, but also the Level 1 Health and Safety exam, employer mentoring, interview and CV support and work experience.”

Kristina Cousins from PGL Training Ltd said, “With face-to-face delivery restarting whilst working alongside motivated individuals, brings excitement for their next career move within the construction industry. It has been a pleasure to work alongside such an excellent group”.

The next step for these learners on qualifying is to connect them to vacancies or further training.

Building Greater Exeter holds the Construction Job Shop every Wednesday at Exeter Works, to discuss careers in construction and the built environment. Exeter Works is an initiative by Exeter City Council to provide information and support for anyone looking for a new job, searching for training opportunities or wanting to improve their skills. There is a plethora of businesses and organisations that are there to help you build a new future. Why not make an appointment with some of these organisations while you are visiting BGE, the Exeter Works website is Welcome – Exeter Works

We also have our Construction Job Shop available online, the link for which is Construction Job Shop – Vacancies – Building Greater Exeter and we hold a comprehensive list of training courses for many routes into construction in our Construction Training Directory, the link for which is Construction Training Directory – Building Greater Exeter.