From January of next year, more local young people will be able to train for a job in the construction industry with one of the country’s finest colleges – The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London.

Already a leading provider of training for the construction industry at our Tottenham centre, we are expanding that training to new purpose-built workshops at our Enfield centre – formerly Enfield College.

The first course on offer has been specially designed to give a taste of different building trades before each learner decides where their talents lie.  

Head of Construction, Dave Lambert, said: “This course – the Basic Construction Skills Certificate - is a perfect stepping stone into the construction industry. It’s very flexible, so learners can give each trade a go and see what they’re best at, or just what they enjoy most. Young people really do find hidden talents once they start trying the different skills.” 

The five areas that make up the training are brickwork, carpentry and joinery, plumbing, electrical and painting and decorating. The course will take two days per week over six months to complete, and will prepare learners for more intensive study in their chosen trade, leading to employment in the construction industry. The course is open to anyone who was under the age of 19 on 31 August 2009, and young people on the course may be eligible for the Government’s Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), with payments of up to £30 per week.

David Collie, a plumbing apprentice who studied at the College, said: “I found the studying was easy because the teachers weren’t like teachers at school, they were more on the same level. It’s great to have a trade, something to fall back on, even if you change your career later on. Now I love my job – I’m lucky that I ended up doing this.”

Dave Lambert explained: “Someone starting this course in January will be ready to start a course in their chosen trade area at the next level up next September. When they’re ready, we’ll also help our learners to get employment – we have a good relationship with dozens of local firms, and we can match each learner to the right company. They know that our learners will come to them with the right knowledge and skills for the industry.”

He added: “This sort of course is ideal for anyone who wants a more hands-on style of training than the traditional school classroom. Although you’ll spend time in the classroom and on the computer, it’s very practical, and you’ll be picking up real skills and experience right from the start.”

Applicants for the course will be invited to attend an assessment day on Wednesday 13 January.


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