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“These free courses are a great opportunity for people from all backgrounds and incomes to learn the skills to get into work,” said 33-year-old Amy Johnson who signed up for the free groundworks and construction plant operations training – part of the college’s sector-based work academy programme (SWAP)to improve her current qualifications and future employment prospects. 

Amy, who is on phase two of the programme and learning how to operate site plant machinery, added: “I’ve learnt more about the construction industry and how to work as part of a team, and have met some good people who have treated me with respect and made me feel as though I belong. 

“The tutors have supported me throughout the training and helped me to get my confidence back and what Ive learnt will increase my chances of getting work and having a future career in the industry. 

 “I like the idea of having a guaranteed interview at the end of the course and being supported in finding a job so that I can pursue the career Ive always wanted to be involved in. 

After successfully completing Phase 2, participants receive a red CPS card allowing them to operate the plant machine that they have learnt to use on-site.

Groundworks and Plant student Amy Johnson sitting on a dumper truck onsite at the Wellington Road campus