Assisting young people into construction apprenticeships Southwark Construction Skills Centre
Amanda continues to work 2 days a week at the Southwark Construction Skills Centre in Elephant and Castle. The Skills Centre continues to do well and is increasing its apprenticeship offering. Amanda gives 1:1 advice and guidance to candidates looking for construction apprenticeships. Currently, around 50% of pre-employment candidates are gaining employment, a figure far higher than further education colleges are achieving.
Recent achievements at the Skills Centre include:
- Commended in the Community Engagement category of Southwark Business Excellence Awards -Amanda was instrumental in writing their entry.
- Awarded Mayor’s Construction Academy Quality Mark -Amanda assisted in writing the bid
- School Construction Challenge -around 40 local school pupils (year 10-12) took part in Construction Challenge, had fun and learnt about career opportunities within the construction
The apprenticeship landscape continues to change with more standards coming on board although still too slowly for a number of construction contractors. There have been reports of the number of apprentices dropping sine the apprenticeship levy was introduced last May. However, there is still confusion by employers on apprenticeships -the cost and funding, difference between standards and frameworks and where best to recruit candidates.
There are some good candidates out there but often they don’t know where to go to find an apprenticeship. More work needs to be done to put potential candidates and employers in touch with each other. This is where hopefully the role of the Mayors’ Construction Academy Hubs will assist by making each a “one stop shop” for work experience, training and apprenticeships within construction.
Inspiring the Future
Amanda continues as a volunteer with Inspiring the Future by giving talks on careers in construction or sharing her career path with young people. She has attended 4 events this year.