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The future is bright for young care leavers with Saint-Gobain’s first Community Training Academy

Future Place by Saint-Gobain is the company’s first Community Training Academy that has been set up in partnership with Barnardos.

The ultimate goal of the initiative is to provide training for young care leavers in a construction setting to develop the skills to go on to work placements. The Academy is funded by Saint-Gobain and sees a group of young people take part in a 12-week traineeship to work towards a Level 2 Dry Lining qualification and obtain a CSCS card.

Future Place by Saint-Gobain is the company’s first Community Training Academy that has been set up in partnership with Barnardos. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to provide training for young care leavers in a construction setting to develop the skills to go on to work placements. The Academy is funded by Saint-Gobain and sees a group of young people take part in a 12-week traineeship to work towards a Level 2 Dry Lining qualification and obtain a CSCS card.

Shenaaz Chenia, Director of Industry and Community Training at Saint-Gobain launched Future Place after studying and building a deep understanding of the skills and education landscape across the region. The apparent skills shortage is one of the largest issues that the construction industry faces and projects are often put on hold due to lack of labour available to complete the project.

British Gypsum offered its support to the initiative by supplying the materials required to run the 12-week drylining course. Training experts from the company’s network of Technical Academies came down to the Community Training Academy in Lewisham to support the course delivery and ensure that it was delivered to industry standard. Further bolstering the programme, the young care leavers spent a day at the British Gypsum Technical Academy in Erith to give them a broader understanding of using and understanding British Gypsum’s systems in the built environment.

As drylining was a key course focus, British Gypsum’s customers were at the heart of the initiative with companies including Measoms, Macs Plasterboard and BDL all actively on board. The employers were fully engaged, sharing knowledge and advice with the trainees to help develop their skills. They also appeared at the Academy where they helped to direct and shape the training that was delivered, making sure it was fit for purpose. When the 12-week course was completed, the young care leavers were offered work placements so they could continue their exposure to and involvement in the industry.

Shenaaz Chenia commented: “The support from British Gypsum and their customers has been fantastic. The first cohort of graduates successfully completed the programme in early July and will now be progressing onto construction careers.

“The initiative is really unique, we have taken a social need and combined it with an industry need, bringing the two together to make a difference to both parties. The pilot we ran was very successful so we hope to scale it in the future. We are looking forward to the next 12-week programme beginning in September.”


Young care leavers with Saint-Gobain’s first Community Training Academy

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