We’re delighted to announce our collaboration with Building Heroes, a nationwide charity that offers support to veterans looking for work. Through the newly launched Construction Hub, NHC and Stevenage Borough Council have partnered veterans with local construction companies to provide some on-site work experience.
This on-site experience provided the Building Heroes learners with an insight into what life on a construction site is like. One of the learners described the experience as “a fantastic opportunity to meet people working within the industry and have open discussions about what the role involves, and the skills and experience employers are looking for. It certainly opened my eyes.”
Learners met with workers from across the different trades involved in housing development, hearing stories about their knowledge and expertise. They also shared their career paths with our Building Heroes learners, helping illustrate their journey to their current roles and the experience they picked up along the way. Seeing the skills they’ve learnt in the classroom used on-site helps our learners put their lessons into perspective. It also helps them plan for the future and understand what they can achieve in their new chosen career.
Another learner said: “As someone looking for a career change into construction with very little knowledge of the industry, I can safely say I have learnt a lot today. Having the chance to speak with people in the trades I am considering moving into about where to start, what to expect, and what to take into consideration was invaluable.”
North Hertfordshire College and the Construction Hub are now an approved CITB CSCS Test Centre, providing an alternative test centre for the local community and future construction workers. The learners will therefore be qualified and ready to start their new careers once they finish their courses with us.
Whether you’re a school leaver or career changer, the Construction Hub facilitates the qualifications needed to build a strong future in the construction industry. Lay the foundations of a career in construction with a course from North Hertfordshire College – check out our available courses.