Local jobseekers invited to explore a career in construction

Press Release: 21/10/2014

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Winchester City Council is organising a special event to raise awareness of employment opportunities for local jobseekers in the construction sector.

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

The session takes place on Tuesday 28 October between 10am and 4pm at the Level 10 Resource Centre in Stanmore Lane, Winchester.

Those attending can discover the wide-ranging roles, meet prospective employers and hear about job opportunities and apprenticeships within the building industry. There will be free refreshments and hot dogs for jobseekers on offer.

The Council has 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:

We are committed to helping those who want to work to find jobs or training that will lead to a satisfying future in employment. Some of our recent initiatives have included encouraging local employers to provide more work placements and apprenticeships, commissioning a new mentoring service to support individual jobseekers and setting standards for employment and training as part of the planning process for new developments.

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 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.

For enquiries regarding the event and to register - pre-booked places will qualify for a prize draw - email joanna@thebusinesscollective.co.uk or telephone 07825 327892.

Winchester City Council and The Business Collective are using the hashtag #ConstructWinch.