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You Can Contribute To The Skills For Net Zero Agenda

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The skills for net zero is the term that relates to the technical skills that have been identified as crucial in supporting the government’s aim to decarbonise existing construction and engineering industry and in doing so create a ‘green task force’ of qualified and skilled professionals.

Careers in the green task force

Here are just a few examples of job titles that have shown to be the most popular listings in the South West region within the last year.

  • Project Managers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Transport Planners
  • Site Reliability Engineers
  • Net Zero Project Manager
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Geotechnical Engineers
  • Electrical Design Engineers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Digital Project Managers

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WHY JOIN THE GREEN TASK FORCE?

  • It is reported that ‘GREEN INDUSTRY JOBS’ will EXPAND from 400,000 to OVER 2MILLION BY 2030.
  • In 2019 there were over 45,000 PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN WIND ENERGY related jobs in the UK.
  • In the SOUTH WEST the number OF GREEN JOBS HAS increased by 6.4% OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS.
  • ON AVERAGE there are OVER 4846 jobs ADVERTISED IN THIS LOCALITY per year with these industries

BUT HOW MANY JOBS ARE THERE OUT THERE?

From 2020 – 2022 there were an average of 4846 jobs advertised relating to the green agenda in the South West region.

WHY WESTON COLLEGE?

The huge range of courses on offer will allow you to choose the perfect course for you, including many options for Apprenticeships, giving you the opportunity to learn while on the job and earn a wage. Alternatively, if you perform better learning in the classroom, you could choose a diploma course. 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO EARN WITHIN THIS INDUSTRY?

Career opportunities and salaries in the construction industry could include: 

  • Bricklaying: £12,196 - £37,019 
  • Plastering: £12,352 - £39,748 
  • Electrician: £18,228 - £41,325 
  • Carpentry: £18,010 - £39,600 
  • Project Managers: £25,857 - £41,454 

WHAT SORT OF SKILLS WILL I NEED?

Here’s some of the key skills that employers commonly state is needed in their employees, these are included in their job adverts:

  • Project Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Agile Methodology
  • Engineering Design Process
  • AutoCAD
  • Procurement
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Risk Management
  • Change Management
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Project Planning

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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

Benjamin at COS Awards
Benjamin
I could learn about different sides of the construction industry. It gives you a good balance of real-life client work and virtual experiences that reflect it
Studied:

Design, Surveying and Planning in Construction, T-Level

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Gabriela
I wanted to learn a trade I could use to set up my own business so that I could work the hours I need to and have quality time with my family too.

I am now doing the higher-level course so that I can learn as much as I can, and gain as much experience as I can before I set up my business.
Studied:

Plastering, Diploma

LATEST NEWS

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<p>My name is Allan, and I recently completed a Plant Bootcamp at the <a href="https://www.construction-training-centre.co.uk/">Construction Training Centre (CTC)</a>, which has really helped open the doors to my next great opportunity.&nbsp;</p><p>I gained access to the course through an organisation called ‘Positive People’ and thought it would be a good course for me to complete as I’d always preferred outside, hands-on work instead of working in an office environment, which I’d previously done for more than 20 years in the Transport industry.</p><p>I’d always liked the idea of getting involved in the building/construction industry, so I started by enrolling for a Dumper/Roller course. This course was short and enabled me to get a foot in the door within the industry. The staff at the Construction Training Centre were extremely helpful and approachable. My tutor, in particular, was insightful and inspiring.</p><p>Upon completion of the course, it took some searches to find employment due to my lack of experience, but I eventually was offered employment via an agency called ‘Options’, where I was working on the A39 in Minehead, building a new footpath/cycle path for four weeks.</p><p>Following this, after a short break and searches, I found work through another agency, ‘Harbon’. This time I was working in Wincanton on a biomass plant, as a dumper driver. This work is still ongoing, allowing me to receive a stable income.</p><p>After being fortunate enough to gain some experience in the industry, I would like to go back to the CTC to complete the 360 digger and telehandler courses - I feel they would give me a great advantage for my future career.</p><p>I would encourage those out there considering a course at the CTC to definitely give it a go – if you are not work shy and enjoy working in the elements, I would recommend looking at what opportunities are on offer in construction.</p><p>Thank you, Weston College, for the perfect introduction to the Construction industry!</p><p><a href="https://www.construction-training-centre.co.uk/">Find out more about the CTC, here!</a></p>

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<p>Carpentry is an exciting trade, which is in high demand! It is a very skilled trade, with carpenters using natural materials (wood/timber) to cut, shape and install wooden structures, fittings and furniture.</p>

<p>In the UK there are more than 5,000 organisations who recruit carpenters, with an estimated turnover of nearly £4 billion.</p>

<p>With so much demand, you might be wondering how to become a carpenter? Well, you’ve come to the right place!</p>

<p>There are several different routes you can take to become a carpenter or joiner. You might be someone that is looking to earn while they learn, and the good news is, you can do this through an apprenticeship. Or you might be someone that wants to complete a course to learn some skills before entering the carpentry – whether this be full-time or part-time with evening courses.</p>

<p>Let’s look at the options in a little bit more detail.</p>

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<h2><strong>Apprenticeships</strong></h2>

<p>An apprenticeship is a fantastic way of entering the industry, and can be a great way to get your foot in the door with a local organisation that is looking to grow and develop their workforce.</p>

<p>Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, so you could be a school leaver, or someone that wants to turn their passion into a career. As an apprentice you will be employed by the company, and complete training at college – you will be expected to work at least 30 hours a week, with the rest of your hours being training.</p>

<p>You can complete apprenticeships at a number of Levels, depending on your experience and skill level. At Weston College, we offer several different carpentry apprenticeships, click the course below to find out more:</p>

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<li><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-adults/carpentry/carp… and Joinery Level 2</a> – 14 months</li>
<li><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-adults/carpentry/site… Carpentry Level 2</a> – 14 months</li>
<li><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-adults/construction/c… and Joinery Level 3</a> – 12 months</li>
<li><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-adults/construction/s… Carpentry Level 3</a> – 12 months</li>
</ul>

<p>Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you can either further your development by studying the next level, or go into full-time work.</p>

<p>Before you work on a construction site, you will need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.</p>

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<h2><strong>College Courses</strong></h2>

<p>If you would prefer to study at College, there are a range of options available, from full-time courses to shorter part-time courses.</p>

<p>We offer courses for <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/i-wan… 1, Level 2 and Level 3</a>, which all aim to develop your skills and prepare you for life as a carpenter.</p>

<p>On our full-time courses you will be part of our Construction Career Excellence Hub, which means that you will get unrivalled access to employers, with opportunities for work experience, master classes and hearing from industry insiders. Our construction courses are all endorsed by organisations from industry.</p>

<p>We also offer <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-adults/construction/s… adult courses in Carpentry</a>, which allow you to sharpen your skills and are a great opportunity to change careers.</p>

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<p>If you'd like to find out more about a career in carpentry, <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/news-and-events/events?utm_source=main-menu&am… along to one of our open evenings</a> and chat to the team, they will be more than happy to help!</p>

learner in interview with employer

<p>On Monday, 9th January, participants of the Plant Training Skills Bootcamp were joined at the <a href="https://www.construction-training-centre.co.uk/">Construction Training Centre</a> 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.&nbsp; Skills Bootcamps are DFE funded short training programmes, no longer than 12 weeks in duration purely for adults 19+.&nbsp; Skills Bootcamps have been designed with employers with a view to close skills gaps.</p>

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

<p>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.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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."</p>

<p>Louise Greene, Business Growth and Employer Partnership Manger commented on the day, saying: "We're thrilled to be able to &nbsp;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</p>

<p>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.&nbsp; 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.</p>

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