On Friday 6th March 2020, Complete Training Solutions (CTS) hosted a visit from Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The visit, which coincided with National Careers Week (NCW2020), was part of a wider trip to Liverpool that saw the Minister visit various job centers in the city.
Complete Training Solutions, a specialist health and safety training company who offers accredited training for the Construction, Renewable and Rope Access industries, has been working with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for a year now. This partnership has seen them run targeted, sector specific short courses which are designed to help individuals access the jobs market. The courses, which are funded by the DWP, are developed in partnership with Liverpool City Region employers who have a skills shortage. After attending the course and gaining the necessary skills and knowledge, all participants are guaranteed an interview with an employer at the end.
Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram spoke last year of the construction skills shortage in the local area after CITB published a report which stated that “to meet anticipated demand, more than 65,000 construction workers are required for the foreseeable future.“ That equates to an additional 18,000 workers. CTS already train thousands of individuals in the construction sector every year, so this initiative with the DWP was a natural extension of this existing provision.
Talking of the visit, CEO of CTS Tom Powell said;
“We were delighted to host Therese Coffey MP at Complete Training Solutions to explain the work we carrying out in partnership with the DWP. Over the past 12 months we have successfully trained over 100 unemployed people and placed them into roles within the construction and demolition sector within the Merseyside region.
“These are times of growth within the area and more needs to be done to help long term unemployed gain access to local jobs, and these funded courses remove the burden of certification costs to the delegate which can often be the first barrier to work.”
Past attendees have undertaken qualifications such as the CITB Health and Safety Awareness and IOSH Working Safely courses. All of these qualifications as delivered by industry experts, and provide participants with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to operate safely on the likes of a construction or demolition site. The initiative is a true example of CTS’ commitment to providing high quality, sector specific training to support individuals in broadening their horizons.
Tom went on to say;
“This year Complete Training Solutions’ aim is to upskill and place over 200 unemployed people into work. We invite companies with vacant roles within construction sector to contact us to see how we can work together and achieve our goal.”