Over the summer the Skills Company Salford teamed up with Keep Moat, a nationwide Construction and housebuilding company who have landed a 10 year housing development contract in Salford.

A group of 10 learners were accepted onto a 4 week Summer Construction Programme that enabled the learners to gain various training and experiences of different trades within the construction industry whilst participating in a community project.

A group of 10 learners were accepted onto a 4 week Summer Construction Programme that enabled the learners to gain various training and experiences of different trades within the construction industry whilst participating in a community project.

The learners were responsible for working on a community regeneration project which involved making Sand martin bird boxes for a local park. Whilst completing the project, the learners gained knowledge of using different power tools, woodwork and joinery skills as well as working alongside and gaining advice from experienced tradesmen.

Julie Baker, Community Engagement & Investment Manager from Keep Moat, and Mike Duddy, CEO of Inspiring Communities, praised the efforts of the learners and were impressed with their engagement, work ethic and willingness to learn.

They held a celebration event at St. Sebastians Community Centre which was attended by local councillors from Salford City Council who awarded the learners with certificates for their efforts.

Keep Moat have agreed to continue to fund and run different construction programmes for Skills Company learners throughout the year. The learners have loved every minute with Keep Moat and are eager to continue in September. The next construction programme will start in September

The next construction programme will start in September, with 12 learners have been accepted for a 6 week placement. Whilst participating in further community projects, the learners will gain health and safety training, banksmen training, manual handling training as well as a range of experiences within multiple construction trades.

At the end of their placement, they will have an opportunity to gain a CSCS card funded by Keep Moat and there are also possibilities of gaining an apprenticeship in the future.