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  • £32,462

    Social Return on Investment

  • 5

    participants have become employed as a result

  • Level 1

    Health and safety cards and CSCS Cards gained

Supporting long-term unemployed men in Birmingham 

Building Lives Academy supports those furthest from the job market with employment skills


Our Midlands Interiors team created a ten-day programme to support a group of long term unemployed men from Birmingham - five of them have become employed as a result.

Teaming up with Phoenix Training Services, Think Recruitment and Falcon Green, the programme enabled the group to gain qualifications in Health and Safety in Construction and NOCN Level 1, a qualification that means the cohort will no longer need to undertake further Health and Safety training in future and their CSCS cards.

The programme also saw the participants receive workshops centred around building confidence and becoming job ready and involved a site tour of our Brindley Place project, giving them an opportunity to find out how construction projects are run.

As a result of the programme, all candidates have secured interviews with our recruitment partners, Falcon Green and Think Recruitment who have placed five men into roles on site.

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“This was an amazing programme for our cohort of candidates,” Joanne Allsop from Phoenix Training, said. “All of our candidates were aged over 29 and were unemployed. They lacked confidence because of being out of work and needed a chance to gain construction skills. Upon completing the programme, they were different men! Jayne Anderson from Willmott Dixon Interiors was absolutely fabulous - from organising their site visit to helping them with interview techniques, CV writing, and inspiring them. Rob Parnham and Nick Smith were also invaluable in welcoming us all to site and showing us around.”

Phoenix Training now want to run more programmes with us, including one on empowering women into the construction industry.