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East Thames helps students on construction career ladder


A group of ten East London students are excited about the hands on training they’ve just received as they step on a career ladder in construction.

They are keen to build on their new skills – and hope to be among the thousands needed for housebuilding in the UK.

The ten successfully completed an 8-week course delivered by East Thames, part of the L&Q group, and the Building Crafts College in Newham, and recently received their awards from the college principal.

The Construct your Career certificate in multi-skills teaches a range of practical vocational skills such as carpentry, plumbing and kitchen fitting. As well as the practical training, the course also teaches health and safety and transferrable skills in employability.

While the industry has traditionally attracted men, this is now changing.  Djanet, part of the group, was quick to dispel the gender myth. She said: “The training has given me skills and confidence so I will definitely go into this career!”

The ceremony took place at the Building Crafts College, in Stratford’s Carpenters Estate. Speaking at the event, Len Conway, Principal of the Building Craft College said: “We’re very proud of our partnership with East Thames and the springboard this provides into careers in construction.  We feel like we’re contributing to the community as well as helping you to further your career.”

Carlo, one of the graduates, spoke on behalf of the group to voice his appreciation of the course and its providers.

He said: “On behalf of all of us, I’d like to say thank you to East Thames and The Building Crafts College. We have learned a lot and have had invaluable support both individually and as a group. The skills we now have will really set us on the path to careers in this important industry.”

Sharna Rolle, Construction Project manager at East Thames said:

“Construct your Career is a brilliant opportunity for everyone who takes part. It’s important to us to provide training that offers real tangible skills that people can use to build their future. This group has worked incredibly hard and we will continue to support them if they need any further advice or help with their career.”

Construct your Career is open to any East Thames resident over 18 who is interested in construction. For more information on Construct your Career or any of the courses we offer at East Thames, visit http://www.east-thames.co.uk/ete or call us on 0208 522 2221.