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Building Pathways is working alongside Portsmouth City Council during its process of regeneration to provide training for the next generation of construction workers.

Portsmouth’s multi-billion pound project aims to transform the city through a number of schemes that include creating new jobs and homes, boosting the local economy, and generating millions of pounds for local services.

hard hat, boots, gloves, ear defendersBuilding Pathways has partnered with the council on their Construction Skills Funded employment preparation scheme to create a training package that targets unemployed and economically inactive people in the Portsmouth area. This facilitated training leads to accredited qualifications in Level 1 Health & Safety in a Construction Environment and the CITB Operatives examination, both of which are necessary to obtain a CSCS Green Card, enabling holders to work as a labourer on a building site.

sample cscs green cardAlthough the scheme has been running since 2018, the impact of COVID-19 on the normal training provision meant that it had stalled, so Building Pathways stepped in with a COVID-compliant package in collaboration with online course provider, The Digital College. This revamped delivery model means that it has been possible to deliver training both in person and remotely, following the varying restrictions in place during 2020-21.

Since December 2020, 21 candidates have enrolled for the programme, with all 21 passing their Level 1 Health & Safety in a Construction Environment exam and 19 passing their CITB operatives test and gaining CSCS Green Cards – a pass rate of 90.4%.

Portsmouth City Council Officers, Steve Henwood and Stephen Hogan wrote:

“Our service has employed Mike Davis-Marks, of Building Pathways, as a trainer on Portsmouth City Council’s Construction Skills Fund project funded by the Department for Education and Skills through the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Hampshire County Council.


Mike rose calmly and impressively to the challenge of moving the training course on-line, achieving highly impressive results for the project and supporting learners to make the steps they needed for a career in the construction industry. Feedback from learners over the support and tuition they have received has been excellent”.
Since starting as our trainer in autumn 2020, initially on a face-to-face course in December 2020 and then on a series of on-line courses due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have found Mike to be an extremely supportive, informative and patient tutor to our adult learners, supporting them with passion and drive to achieve their level one exams in health and safety in a construction environment and prepare them for the subsequent CITB “green card” operative test.”

Building Pathways is keen to hear from any other local authorities who might be interested in setting up similar programmes.