Construction scheme provides Islington a Princely opportunity
Published by Lee-Anne Smith for The Hyde Group in Housing and also in Communities
Carpentry, bricklaying and plumbing are just some of the skills a group of local young people have learnt over the past two weeks on one of Islington’s biggest construction projects.
The ‘Get Into Construction’ programme, run by The Prince’s Trust, saw 12 unemployed young people, aged 18-25, gain the confidence and skills they need to work in construction while on a placement at the Packington estate.
The young people working on the estate, which has been regenerated by housing association The Hyde Group, in partnership with Rydon, also earned their CSCS card – an essential health and safety qualification needed to work on a construction site.
Yaseen Pathan, one of the trainees from the group, said: “When I started the two week programme I had only ever considered becoming an electrician. Now I would definitely consider working in other areas as I have a much better understanding about the different trades that work hand-in-hand to get construction projects completed. The programme really has made me much more open minded about the industry and has also given me opportunities for my career now I have earned the CSCS card.”
Mark Mitchener, Managing Director of Rydon Construction, said: “I think construction is one of the most exciting industries for young people and we share The Hyde Group’s values about working with the local community. For many within this group, this could be the first step on a journey into a fantastic career in our industry.
“We’re pleased to help address local unemployment with The Prince’s Trust as part of the long-term regeneration of this estate in Islington.”
“Hyde is committed to help young people from our communities get jobs and realise their potential. We wish them all the best as they continue to develop their skills and expertise and secure employment in this exciting growth industry,” said Bernice Ramchandani, Hyde’s Head of Delivery at Packington estate.
The young people were recognised for their efforts at a final presentation event at The Arc, a community centre on the estate.
Since the project started in 2007, the award-winning Packington estate has given more than 70 local young people the opportunity to develop basic construction skills to boost their confidence to get them back into work, further education or training.
Each of the young people will now receive six months support from The Prince’s Trust to assist them in moving into sustainable employment within the industry.