The Works & The University of Manchester Launch the ‘Construction Academy’ for Local Residents

The Works in Moss Side – a partnership between The University of Manchester and The Work Company – have recently launched their brand new Construction Academy, a 6week long course designed to give local residents exposure into the Construction industry, and an opportunity to access the job market.

The first course is being run to an initial cohort of 13 local individuals who were previously unemployed, and they will each gain a CSCS Card, Numeracy and Literacy skills, and a Health and Safety qualification. There will also be invaluable discussions from large construction contractors such as Vinci and Novus, who will be attending the Works in order to share a range of industry knowledge.

The individuals all underwent a basic assessment for the Construction Academy, and are ahead of a further 150 people on the waiting list.  Upon successful completion of the 6-week training course, all 13 candidates will move onto the 2nd stage of The Academy ready to be placed in to work with some of the country’s largest and most well recognised construction companies that will be working on University of Manchester’s £1billion campus master-plan. This will result in work experience, employment, or further training, depending on the needs of the individual.

Steve Grant, Assistant Director of Human Resources at the University of Manchester, said “the University’s Construction Academy is unique to capital programmes in the higher education sector. The University is totally committed to ensuring that the development of our campus delivers local benefit not least in terms of the opportunity it presents to equip people with the skills the construction industry requires. We have been working in partnership with the Work Company, in all of its guises, for seven years and the work we have done collaboratively has done much to help the University to deliver its ambition to widen skills and employment opportunities in communities which need support”