Video: How Kirkstall Forge training is building futures

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A group of young people have successfully completed an innovative new construction training programme at the Kirkstall Forge Forging Futures Campus.

They were presented with their Level 1 employability certificate by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jane Dowson and Leeds Rhinos player Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who spoke about setting new goals and achieving your aspirations.

Designed to give participants an introduction to construction skills and provide exposure to employment opportunities in a variety of industry sectors, of the first 12 participants, five have already secured employment or apprenticeship interviews with the remainder pursuing pathways to further training and education with Leeds College of Building.

One of those to complete the course was 16-year-old Sam Vandenbriele. He said:

“The two-week employability course at Kirkstall Forge helped me to gain more interview confidence. I got to try plastering at Leeds College of Building as well as the chance to design logos and signs on a marketing course. It has really helped me to decide which career I want to forge and has provided valuable work experience and interview opportunities to help me get there.”

The participants attended full time and undertook work placement days at Learning Partnerships, Efficiency North, Leeds College of Building and B38 Projects Ltd.

Jonathan Kenny, Development Director of CEG, said:

“The Forging Futures Campus construction courses are unique and help to motivate young people into new employment or education pathways. We hope to see those who are interested in construction back at our Kirkstall Forge development as we continue to build out new phases.”

There will be six two-week programmes open to people aged between 16 and 18. The courses will provide successful participants a Level 1 employability certificate, an opportunity to sit their CSCS test, career guidance and mentoring support leading to further training and apprenticeships.

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