Building Pathways was set up to help under-represented and marginalised groups prepare for and find employment in the construction industry. Funded by CITB, Building Pathways was able to achieve some very impressive outcomes in its first year of operation, but owing to cessation of the commission, services will be reduced in the short term, whilst alternative funders are sought.
In CITB’s own words:
The Pathways to Construction Commission will unfortunately no longer continue as a result of the challenging economic situation presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to its severely reduced income, CITB has had to make a series of difficult decisions on its grants and funding, in order to protect apprenticeships and prioritise direct funding to employers.
However, all is not lost…
Undeterred by this setback, we are still able to offer the following services:
Free non-accredited online training short courses. We have a few remaining free online courses for candidates such as COSHH Awareness, Asbestos Awareness, Electrical Safety, Manual Handling etc. You will receive a downloadable certificate upon completion. List of courses here
A large number of accredited training courses. These courses can be conducted virtually and remotely and are available for surprising low prices, including the full CSCS Green Card package, Health & Safety Level 1 qualification, First Aid and many more
The Build Your New Future project offers pre-employment support and employer engagement to residents in the boroughs of Croydon and Merton. Click here to sign up or for more information.
From January 2020, we plan to extend the Build Your New Future project to support residents across the boroughs of Greenwich, Bromley and Newham. Further information about this will be sent out in the coming months. In the meantime, register your interest via firstname.lastname@example.org
For job seekers, people facing redundancy or anyone seeking an apprenticeship or training, #ConstructLondon provides a simple and effective way to find opportunities. The event is open for any organisation to take part. No need to register. Visit the event guide here.
Mount Anvil is looking for mentors and mentees from all walks of development and construction life. To get involved, complete the sign up form here.
The BPIC Network (Black Professionals in Construction) is a platform connecting underrepresented groups within the industry and they work directly with key organisations in order to champion the importance of diversity in the built environment.
If you live in London you might be interested in signing up to the Mayors Construction Hub’s Skills for Londonersemail list