Borough residents have been busy learning new skills to help them secure a job in the construction industry thanks to a specialist scheme.
The scheme is funded by Havant Borough Council – using developer contributions collected from the Waterlooville Major Development Area – and has been ongoing since 2017.
Open to residents who are out of work or looking to retrain, it is designed to get residents back on track or onto a new career path they are passionate about.
Participants can earn certificates for carpentry, first aid, health and safety and the use of abrasive wheels, as well as learning the practical skills needed for plumbing, roofing and bricklaying. They also receive career guidance and learn about CV writing and interview preparation while on the scheme.
In its first year, 20 residents completed the training, 11 went onto employment and 18 gained an CSCS card enabling them to work on construction sites.
Councillor Tim Pike, Cabinet Lead for Finance and Regeneration, recently visited the Portsmouth Craft & Manufacturing Industry (PCMI) site where the training is taking place.
Cllr Tim Pike said: “The PCMI training is giving borough residents the skills they need to get on the career ladder and secure a job they are passionate about.
"As a council, we want the borough to continue to be an attractive place for businesses to set up and employ local people. This scheme helps us achieve this.”
PCMI is part of Portsmouth City Council and delivers back to work programmes to those who are unemployed, disabled or disadvantaged.