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We are delighted to announce that we are supporting the delivery of Willmott Dixon’s latest Building Lives Academy, in partnership with Merton and Sutton College (South Thames College Group).

This 4-week programme, which began last week, is for unemployed young people living in the London Boroughs of Merton and Sutton who experience disadvantage in the labour market, and will provide training and support to enable successful progression into work. 

As the economic impact of Covid-19 has disproportionately affected young people, the need to support this demographic into work is more important than ever. Building Lives Academy trains 18-24 year olds to fill skills shortages in the industry, as investment in construction and infrastructure projects increases and the UK gets back on track.

The academy is based on the Merton College campus and tutors will train Care Leavers, Ex-offenders, and young people not in education, employment or training, who are looking to start a career in construction.

The facilitated training leads to accredited qualifications in Level 1 Health & Safety in a Construction Environment and Level 1 Construction Skills, and the CITB Operatives examination, allowing participants to obtain a CSCS Green Card, which enables holders to work on a building site.

Building on the success of Building Pathways Academy, the programme includes wraparound support from Building Pathways to proactively address individual and specific needs, ensuring the best experience and outcome for participants. By partnering with the college and Willmott Dixon, an employer with projects and employment opportunities in the local area, it aims to reach those most in need in the community and attract a wide and diverse group of candidates.

The first course got off to a successful start on the 8th of November. This new partnership has been made possible by funding from the Department for Work and Pensions.