After completing a two week work experience placement with WJ, Ryan Weston has been offered a road marking apprenticeship.
WJ has been working with Construction Youth Trust on the Routes Into Construction programme to provide work placements for young people based at WJ’s office in Croydon and working at sites throughout the south east of England.
Routes Into Construction is part of the Greater London Joint Initiative Programme with London Youth and CITB; the programme brings together a number of construction employers committed to providing practical work experience, enabling local young people to enhance their employment prospects and make more informed career choices.
Ryan Weston, an 18 year old unemployed young person from Lambeth, met Paul Taylor from the Trust at London Bridge Jobcentre Plus. Although Ryan had earned a level 1 qualification in construction skills he had struggled to find suitable employment.
Ryan signed up to Routes Into Construction, and through the programme spent two weeks with WJ, a UK-wide business that specialises in providing permanent and temporary road markings on the UK’s major and minor roads along with road studs, high friction road surfacing, and asphalt repair. WJ provided Ryan with a comprehensive company induction highlighting the paramount importance of safety. Ryan was immediately enthusiastic about the opportunity and showed aptitude for the job, he understood the requirements necessary to work safely within a community, in proximity to live traffic and the use of hot materials as well as the behaviours expected in a team environment.
WJ were so impressed with Ryan’s commitment and motivation that they have since offered him a road marking apprenticeship.
A formal skills and career development path will commence during December 2015 with a five (5) day induction course at the WJ training academy in Staffordshire. Ryan will be trained in vehicle checks, banksman reversing, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Working Safely, traffic management, first aid and fire safety.
Equipped with this knowledge, he will then be allocated to an experienced crew and for the next 6 months under the watchful eye of the charge hand, supervisor and contracts manager he will be mentored and nurtured in all aspects of road marking. Ryan will also be enrolled onto the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) industry apprenticeship scheme. This involves a two (2) year structured program of theory and practical training which would provide him with an NVQ Level 2 qualification in road markings.
Dave Clark Operations Manager for WJ South commented:
“Our industry has a skills shortage and a real need to develop more apprenticeships so what better way than to support the commendable work and objectives of Construction Youth Trust. We have been impressed with Ryan and he is an encouraging example of what can be achieved”
Christine Townley, Executive Director of Construction Youth Trust commented:
“We are absolutely delighted for Ryan, and we are very grateful to WJ South for giving him this opportunity. We look forward to working with them to continue offering work placements to more young people. With their help we can help to raise awareness of the wide range of careers available in the construction industry.”
For more information on the Routes Into Construction programme, please contact Paul Taylor on 07956 106 387 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction Youth Trust
Construction Youth Trust works with young people aged 14 to 30 to help them overcome barriers and access employment opportunities in the construction industry. The Trust works with young people from challenging backgrounds including young offenders, care leavers, the long-term unemployed and also those who are just unaware of the opportunities available to them within construction industry. They offer young people the chance to find out more about careers in construction by giving them experience, the opportunity to meet employers in the industry and take part in informative and practical courses.
Lucinda Darby, Marketing and Communications Manager
Construction Youth Trust
T: 020 7467 9540