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week traineeship programme, WITH 2 WEEKS ON A LIVE WILLMOTT DIXON SITE


16-18 year old's not in employment, education or training to become job-rEADY



Midlands' Construction and Interiors businesses join forces to tackle youth unemployment 

Collaboration between our Midlands-based businesses will help local teenagers kickstart a career in construction

We have combined the collective strength of our Construction and Interiors businesses to deliver a joint social value initiative designed to tackle youth unemployment in Wolverhampton.

The 6-week traineeship programme, run through JTL - one of the largest work-based learning providers in England and Wales - will take place during the summer holidays and will help kickstart a career in construction for eleven local NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) teenagers aged between 16 and 18 years old.

The first four weeks of the programme will focus on employability, with workshops on CV writing, interview tips and mock interviews - as well as functional skills education for those needing additional Maths, English or IT support. The group will also be working towards their Health and Safety Level 1 certificate while earning their CSCS cards.

The final two weeks of the course will provide students with work experience on one of Willmott Dixon’s three live sites across Wolverhampton. The students will work with a supply chain partner in a trade of their choosing, with the end goal of securing further education, an apprenticeship or full-time employment.

The collaboration between our Construction and Interiors business means the students will have access to a more varied group of projects, roles in the industry and greater exposure to our supply chain.

Michelle Cree, employability trainer at JTL, said: “JTL is pleased to be working alongside Willmott Dixon to offer learners worthwhile and varied work experience on site whilst completing their traineeship. This provides the students with great insight into a range of roles within the construction industry and the skills used, whilst also allowing them to put their new health and safety knowledge to test in a real-life environment.

“Willmott Dixon has spoken to each of the participants to ensure that they are matched with the most suitable site and tasks to enable the learners to progress in the field they are interested in. This is a great opportunity for local learners to develop skills that may help them into employment or further education.”