Students on course for a career in construction

Students from Welwyn Hatfield successfully completed a new training course designed to support them in their next step into a career in the construction industry.

Students who completed the course wearing hi-vis jackets talking to Councillors and senior staff members of the council

The free Health and Safety Level 1 course was run by Harlow College and was designed to support local long term unemployed people in gaining qualifications required to secure employment in the construction industry.  The training, which ran for nine daysand was held at Mill Green Museum in Hatfield, consisted of three main qualifications: 

  •  Skills for Construction 
  • Health and Safety in a Construction Environment 
  •  Construction Skills Scheme Certificate

Students were given the opportunity to visit Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council construction sites to gain an insight into how their new skills could be utilised, with the possibility of the students being offered apprenticeships or work placements on the successful completion of their training.

Council Leader, Councillor Tony Kingsbury and WHBC Chief Executive Ka Ng met the students to congratulate them on gaining their Health and Safety Level 1 qualification and to present them with their free Personal Protective Equipment.

Councillor Kingsbury said:

I was delighted to meet the students and hear how much they had enjoyed the training and how much it had helped them decide that a career in construction was for them.  This is the first time that the Council has run this course so well done to the students on their success and congratulations to everyone involved in organising and delivering the training.

The course was organised by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council through the Community Wealth Building Together Project which was supported by the Local Enterprise Partnership, developers Lovell, Bourne Parking, RG Carter and employment agencies ITS Construction and Daniel Owen Ltd.  It is hoped that the course will run again next year so look out for more information on how to book online and the Council's social media channels.