20 July 2017

Bridge into Construction Programme Takes Shape

Build UK and Collab Group’s ‘Bridge into Construction’ programme is taking shape, with the programme being promoted to potential students in advance of the new academic year.

Developed from employer feedback, the course offers a clear route into a Career in Construction; linking students to genuine work experience opportunities and providing employers with direct access to a ‘talent pool’ of potential apprentices.

The one year further education course will begin on 1 October 2017 and will be piloted by Leicester College, Sheffield College and South Thames College. The course will provide a consistent level of training and competence, and equip students with introductory skills they need to embark on an apprenticeship in construction resulting in a strong foundation for a future career in the industry.

Suzannah Nichol MBE, Build UK Chief Executive said:

“This programme has the potential to be a game changer for construction. Providing a course that offers the work ready skills employers are looking for increases the chances of students pursuing a career in construction and taking up an apprenticeship. We now need employers of all sizes to play their part by offering work experience to young people attending their local college and take the opportunity to secure their next apprentice and future workforce.”

Ian Pretty, Chief Executive of Collab Group said:

“This exciting project is a real opportunity for Collab Group Colleges to make a difference to the work outcomes of the students who attend construction courses. Engaging with industry via Build UK and its members will increase the number of young people entering a construction apprenticeship, reducing the number who currently leaving construction FE courses to pursue alternative careers.”

For further information, please contact Sarah Garry at Build UK or Tom Lowe at Collab Group.