Council Leader encourages careers in construction

Press Release: 28/10/2014

Council Leader and Daniel McClane

A special event took place today (28 October) to raise awareness of employment opportunities for local jobseekers in the construction sector.

The ‘skills taster session’ was organised by Winchester City Council and is the second such event, designed to encourage interest in employment sectors that are most likely to have entry-level vacancies and offer good scope for long-term progression.

At the session, which took place in Stanmore, Winchester, those attending discovered the wide-ranging roles, met prospective employers and heard about job opportunities and apprenticeships within the building industry.

The Council had commissioned The Business Collective to co-ordinate the event, after a piloting a similar initiative for the hospitality and catering sector in May this year.

Cllr Robert Humby, Leader of Winchester City Council, said:

This was a great event and I really enjoyed talking to local people who were interested in pursuing a new career in construction. It was interesting to meet Daniel McClane from Colden Common who is looking for a career as a labourer. I hope that some of those I have met today will go on to find jobs or training which will lead them to a satisfying future in employment.

Eloise Appleby, Assistant Director for Economy and Communities, added:

School leavers or those changing careers may not automatically think of a career in construction. There are many advantages such as being able to work your way up, with training provided on the job in many cases, and not necessarily needing any previous experience or qualifications. It is also a very varied sector, with jobs ranging from specialist conservation roles to the more traditional ‘brickie.

With 12,500 new homes set to be delivered across the Winchester District over the next 15 years, this is a sector which will continue to thrive. “