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Employers Speed Interview Construction Learners!

On Monday, 9th January, participants of the Plant Training Skills Bootcamp were joined at the Construction Training Centre by Kier Infrastructure and Utilities, Milestones Trust (Part of the M-Group) and Hays Recruitment who are actively recruiting Plant Machine Operators in utilities, construction and infrastructure sectors.  Skills Bootcamps are DFE funded short training programmes, no longer than 12 weeks in duration purely for adults 19+.  Skills Bootcamps have been designed with employers with a view to close skills gaps.

Each employer gave a presentation providing explanation about their business, live vacancies, salary, benefits, and opportunities for future progression.  Following presentation each employer offered initial ‘speed interviews’ with each Bootcamp participant for live vacancies.

The speed interviews allowed Bootcamp participants (who are proactively seeking employment in this field as a direct result of their Bootcamp training) to ask questions and assess suitability before being invited for a formal second round interview.   

It was a highly successful day, with many of the learners asking questions to find out more about their potential future careers, as well as lots of very engaged conversations about the logistics of working on site.

A learner currently training to be 360 excavator certified, spoke about why he wanted to the chance to chat to the employers: "I didn't want to be a labourer anymore - it was too wet and cold for me, so I wanted to upskill to increase employability. This is the perfect opportunity to find out what's out there, and be able to discuss with multiple employers what my best route would be."

Louise Greene, Business Growth and Employer Partnership Manger commented on the day, saying: "We're thrilled to be able to  introduce newly skilled talent with our partner employers who are navigating skills shortages making impact on the closing of regional skills gaps in industry. learners about their future careers is amazing

The Construction Training Centre, located just off the M5, is a commercial training centre that supports training, refresher training upskilling, and funded training opportunities such as the Skills Bootcamps allowing individuals to access employment in the construction, utilities or warehousing and logistics.  As an approved CITB ATO (Accredited Training Organisation) the centre offers CSCS touch screen testing, CITB Health and Safety Courses inclusive of SMSTS and SSSTS, plant training at NPORS and CPCS standards as well as scaffolding and driver training.

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