16 week course for unemployed teenagers

A free 16 week construction training and work experience course is being offered in Langley Mill for 16 to 19 year-olds who are not in employment or education.

The courses take place in two parts over a 28-hour week – at Groundwork Derby at The Bridge Centre and at appropriate project sites, with scheduled pick-up points across Derbyshire. Organisers hope the sessions will lead to participants increasing their skills and employment prospects.

As well as basic construction, participants will also be taught functional skills in English through on-line software, be shown how to write a competitive CV and prepare for a job interview.

Everything is taught by Groundwork’s experienced staff and will lead to three recognised qualifications in English, construction, and employability from the Ascentis validating agency.

Those taking part will receive free boots, high visibility vests, gloves and trousers. They may also be eligible for travel expenses on buses from Long Eaton, Ilkeston, Heanor, Ripley, Belper and Swadlincote, and £3 a day towards lunch

Managing Director, Kirsty Youngs hopes that young people will take full advantage of the help offered to them on this course. “If the scheme is a success we hope to be able to receive additional external funding and repeat the courses, helping more young people to develop skills and use their time profitably to gain employment,” she said.

Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire also offers young people aged 16 – 19 who are not in employment, education or training a similar course in horticulture, which teaches a wide range of skills in horticulture leading to a nationally recognised qualification. This course includes practical, hands-on learning sessions in horticulture as well as learning new skills in interview techniques and CV writing.

Booking is essential.