Training in construction

We offer work and training opportunities in the construction industry through our Construction Training Initiative.

Being one of the largest housing associations in Britain, we know a thing or two about property. So we thought, who better to train people to work in the construction industry?

Our Construction Training Initiative has been successful in providing work placements and support for unemployed people since 1995.

The initiative is now a partnership of around 25 housing associations that pool their resources together to offer unemployed people the chance to become skilled tradespeople in the industry.

Where we work

We are now active in seven London boroughs where we are the preferred construction training initiative:

  • Barnet
  • Brent
  • City of Westminster
  • Ealing
  • Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
  • Richmond upon Thames.

Our trainees have access to work placements at most building sites managed by our partner housing associations within these boroughs.

Benefits of the scheme

Our aim is to support our trainees through college to achieve a level 2/3 trade qualification, and provide sufficient work experience to allow them to become employed after two to three years with the initiative.

The Construction Training Initiative can offer:

  • financial support with college fees and fares
  • free professional tools and equipment
  • access to useful work placements with reputable contractors
  • the opportunity to earn as you train
  • free health and safety tests
  • matrix accredited professional advice, guidance and support.

Since the initiative started, more than 1,000 people have benefited from the initiative, helping them to develop skills that will last them for a lifetime.

We are particularly active in encouraging diversity by supporting black, Asian and ethnic minority groups into the industry with over 50 per cent of trainees coming from these groups.

Women are another under-represented group in the industry and we consistently surpass our target of having 10 per cent female participants in our overall trainee programme.

Award winning

Over the years we have won many awards, in recognition of our work in promoting diversity and equality in the industry. Most recently, Omar, was our second trainee to win the Young Builder of the Year award.

Other awards include:

  • Youth Build UK Young Builder of the Year 2009
  • Youth Build UK Young Builder of the Year runner-up 2006, 2007, and 2008
  • National Training Awards 2003 and 2005
  • All Party Parliamentary Group Diversity Award 2005
  • Education and Training Award 2000.

More information

For more information on our Construction Training Initiative or any of our employment and training schemes contact us on 020 8357 4678.