Local lads building for the future with Galliford Try Partnerships and Everton in the Community

FIVE young Merseyside residents are undertaking an eight-week trainee programme jointly organised by Galliford Try Partnerships and Everton in the Community in pursuit of apprenticeships and employment opportunities.

Leading regeneration experts Galliford Try Partnerships have joined forces with Everton in the Community, the official charity of Everton Football Club, to create an initiative that aims to invest in young people and their career prospects. The programme will see the currently unemployed young adults undertake work placements at several of Galliford Try Partnerships’ sites across Merseyside, where they will be trained and provided with helpful careers advice.

The aim of the programme is for young people to be provided with an opportunity to engage with workers in the construction industry and be inspired to go on to pursue job and apprenticeship opportunities. As well as the practical work trainees are undertaking onsite, they are also being provided with separate classes at Everton in the Community to help improve their employability skills, including CV workshops and a first aid course.

During the launch of the scheme, the trainees were given an opportunity to visit all the Galliford Try Partnerships sites in Liverpool to understand more of how the industry works.  During the visits each site manager discussed their personal routes into construction and offered careers advice and information on different types of roles.

The most advantageous aspect of the course is the awarding of a CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) Green Card. This is a five-year certificate of health and safety awareness which confirms the individual has received significant training in construction. Completing the course will bolster the trainees’ CVs and provide them with useful skills for future endeavours.

Julie Ferns, Community Engagement Coordinator for Galliford Try Partnerships said: “Galliford Try Partnerships are delighted to be teaming up with Everton in the Community for this fantastic initiative to provide five talented trainees with exciting career opportunities across Liverpool.

“We are very excited to see their progression as the scheme continues with the aim of helping them find apprenticeship and job opportunities following its completion.”

Gill Carr, Employability Programme Coordinator, Everton in the Community said: “There is a bright future for young people in the construction industry but we recognise that for some young people it is not always easy for them to access.  Working in partnership with Galliford Try has given us a unique opportunity to develop a programme that not only develops skills, but gives real life experiences to shape futures”

The eight-week placements are currently underway at Merseyside sites at Edge Lane, Shacklady Road in Kirkby, Lyme Close in Huyton, South Grove in Dingle and Dam Wood Road in Speke.