IN order to build more homes faster, the construction industry badly needs more skilled workers – and a new initiative by CALA Homes (East) in conjunction with The Prince’s Trust and Edinburgh College, aims to give disadvantaged, unemployed young people an opportunity to develop new skills and obtain hands-on experience.
Ten local people aged between 18 and 25 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 and gaining the required accreditation to allow them to work on construction sites.
The group then undertook vocational experience at CALA developments across Edinburgh.
David McGrath, managing director for CALA Homes (East), commented: "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.
"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 these programmes can have." For more information on The Prince’s Trust visit www.princes-trust.org.uk or to find out more about career opportunities with CALA, visit www.cala.co.uk/careers.