Princes Trust partnership helps unemployed Scots youth develop construction skills

CALA Homes (East) has partnered with The Prince’s Trust and Edinburgh College to launch a new initiative that aims to provide disadvantaged unemployed young people an opportunity to develop new skills and get hands-on experience.

Ten local people have successfully taken their first steps in the construction industry and secured apprenticeships after completing a ‘Get Into Construction’ course run by The Prince’s Trust in partnership with CALA and Edinburgh College.

Established in 1976, The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity that helps young people gain the skills and confidence to move into employment, education or training. The ‘Get Into’ programme develops unemployed young people’s skills in a specific sector, which can lead to progression opportunities such as employment, training and education.

The group, all aged between 18 and 25, spent two weeks at Edinburgh College completing basic training on construction skills, careers advice and gaining their CSCS card which enables them to work on construction sites. They then undertook vocational experience at CALA developments across Edinburgh.

CALA Homes (East) MD, David McGrath, commented:

“CALA is delighted to work with the Prince’s Trust, offering young people the opportunity to learn about the construction industry and the variety of careers that are available. The industry needs new talent if we are to address the national shortage in skilled trades and to have had such a positive response to the scheme from the trainees, CALA employees and our sub-contractors is fantastic.

“Unemployed young people often just need the chance to prove they have the motivation and talent required to get onto the career ladder. It’s clear from the feedback we’ve had from the teams on site that these young people have jumped at the chance to make the most of this opportunity.

“All 10 trainees have now been offered a permanent apprenticeship either with CALA or one of our sub-contractors, which is testament to the impact that these programmes can have. Everyone involved has worked extremely hard to get this pilot programme running and their enthusiasm and dedication has been key to mak- ing it such a success.”

Over the next six months, each trainee will continue to receive support from a Prince’s Trust mentor as they embark on their new careers in the construction industry.