A milestone 6000 people return to work with Blackpool Build Up. ‘Build Up’ is the B&FC programme that helps long-term unemployed people with training and employment in the construction industry.
Blackpool & The Fylde College reached the major milestone when the 6,000th and 6,001st learners returned to work with leading building firm Eric Wright Construction.
6000 People Return to Work with Blackpool Build Up
Two local men – Robert Peterson and Neil Barker – have both been seeking work for some time. They’ve gained employment with Eric Wright Construction following completion of the Build Up programme, which has supported and prepared them for their return to work.
Robert Peterson, 44, will be working as a gateman/vehicle banksman at the new 48-place Lotus School at Mereside, which will cater for children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. Neil Barker, 45, will perform a similar role at Pegasus School on Bathhurst Avenue where Eric Wright Special Projects is building an extension providing four new classrooms and refurbishing two existing classrooms.
More about Blackpool Build Up
B&FC Build Up is an award-winning and dedicated business unit. It’s part of Blackpool and The Fylde College, run in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, and employers in the building sector.
The unit is a stand-alone centre on Kincraig Road, Bispham and is supported by the B&FC School of Construction in the nearby main Bispham Campus. Build Up also supports local contractors and tradesmen in obtaining their CSCS* certification.
B&FC Build Up manager Roberta Austin, MBE, is delighted at reaching this milestone and comments: “Achieving 6,000 learners into work has been hard work for the team at Build Up. We have worked extremely hard over the last 11 years to hit this goal and will continue to work with all contractors and agencies to secure more jobs for our local people.”
Eric Wright Group has partnered with Build Up for several years and over this time has provided jobs to a number of local people.
Commenting on the 6,000th placement Stephen Knowles, head of special projects at the company, said: “Placing Robert and Neil into work continues our long association with Blackpool Build Up and we are proud to contribute to placing local people into jobs.
“The Lotus School is especially important as it is the first of its kind for Blackpool and means that local children with special educational needs can be taught in their home town and not have to travel outside of the Borough.”
How to join B&FC Build Up
Learners join the Build Up programme following a referral from Job Centres across the Fylde Coast and from employability and coaching programmes. You need to be over 19, in receipt of benefits and wanting to work in the construction industry.
Each person undertakes five weeks of training as a general construction operative, obtaining a CSCS* card and a certificate in Health and Safety.
The course includes an introduction to working in construction and leads to Level 1 qualifications in a range of practical skills including groundwork, brickwork, painting and decorating, and plastering and tiling, along with training to improve a learner’s employment prospects.
More about Eric Wright
Eric Wright has a strong association with Blackpool and last year completed the £2.3m refurbishment of the Woodlands School which is one of more than 50 projects undertaken by the company in the town in the last 25 years, with investments totalling £146million.
Founded in 1923, the Bamber Bridge based company is today wholly owned by the Eric Wright Charitable Trust. It is committed to delivering employment and regeneration opportunities in the communities in which it operates. All company profits are either re-invested back into the Eric Wright Group or awarded to charities and projects throughout the North West, which support the wellbeing of young people, elderly services, education and training, and health or carers’ support.
Further information about the Build Up programme can be found at www.blackpool.ac.uk/buildup or by ‘phoning 01253 504680 or emailing Roberta.Austin@blackpool.ac.uk. There is also a dedicated Facebook page ‘B&FC Build Up’. Please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!
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