MLP Traffic | Industry first training scheme set to create new jobs for construction
Contractors delivering the A27 East of Lewes Improvements Scheme in partnership with Highways England have joined forces with East Sussex College to collaborate on a new Sector-Based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) in the South East of England.
The project is a collaboration between MLP Traffic, VolkerFitzpatrick, Chaffins and Keaveney Contractors, Highways England and the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) in conjunction with Job Centre Plus (JCP). It aims to provide sustainable employment in a number of different roles across the businesses.
The project, an industry first, aims to help prepare those receiving unemployment benefits gain a pathway into employment in the construction industry.
Participants will join the academy at East Sussex College and attend formal Health & Safety training, LANTRA traffic management training, employability and CV writing training, behavioural and customer service training which lasts three weeks.
After completion of the academy training, graduates will begin site-based learning where they will gain first-hand experience in the construction sector. The candidates will sample a number of different roles by job shadowing experienced staff in order to demonstrate the large range and variety of roles available on one working construction or civil engineering site.
The SWAP scheme won’t just benefit the academy participants who will gain from a tailored training programme which supports their individual development and qualifications, but also the businesses who are gaining qualified and valued members of the team, who will help make the roads safer, connect communities and improve the environment. Graduates will have the opportunity to work with a range of people and build foundations for individuals to access an exciting future in construction.
Positions available as part of the scheme include two traffic management operatives at MLP Traffic, a health and safety agent, customer contact handler and an office administrator at Volker Fitzpatrick, and apprenticeship quantity surveyor and labourer with Keaveney Contractors.
The programme started on the 26th April and finishes on the 21st May.