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Builders offered £1000 to give construction industry students work experience

NHBC has teamed up with the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF) and Milton Keynes College to offer NHBC registered builders in the Milton Keynes area the opportunity to be paid £1000 to take on a first year construction student for 10 weeks work experience.


NHBC is aware that the present business climate, as well as causing the obvious immediate problems, is also creating a potential skills shortage in the future, and has joined with the CCATF in a programme to help address this. There are currently thousands of young people on full-time FE College courses who cannot find an employer to provide the necessary work experience to move towards an apprenticeship and gain a NVQ qualification.

The aim is to match 10 full-time construction students from Milton Keynes College with local NHBC Registered Builders for a 10 week work experience placement. The students will be at the end of their first year of training in bricklaying, joinery and carpentry courses. The builders that participate will each receive £100 per week to help cover the costs of providing valuable on site experience.

NHBC, CCATF and Milton Keynes College are arranging for an introductory session at the College on Tuesday April 3rd where the scheme will be explained in full and where NHBC registered builders will have the opportunity to talk to the students and see some of their work.

Rob Lockey, Training Services Manager, NHBC, said:

"Our registered builders are telling us how tough things are for them, so taking on an apprentice at this time is a real challenge for many. The need for training doesn't go away though, and it is particularly vital for the home-building industry which has lost thousands of skilled operatives due to the recent recession. Pathway to Construction offers our registered builders an opportunity to find out if a first year student is suited to working for their company before making the commitment of taking them on as an apprentice."

Geoff Lister, Chairman of the CCATF, said:

"We launched the pilot Pathway to Construction scheme last year and it proved to be such a success that we are now expanding it to give more young people the opportunity to complete pre-apprenticeship work experience placements. We are convinced that the scheme will achieve excellent results with NHBC's registered builders and give more young people the opportunity of on-site experience."

Clifford Clarke, Enterprise Manager, Milton Keynes College said,

"With nearly a million young people out of work we need to look for innovative ways to help secure their futures. Pathway to Construction gives young people in full-time education the opportunity to gain valuable on-site experience and can potentially lead to a full-time apprenticeship which is the first step on their path to a career in the construction industry."

If you would like more information, or would like to participate in the Pathway to Construction scheme, please contact Rob Lockey on 0844 633 1000 or email

News Date: 16/03/12