Job success for Shaun after college Gateway to Construction course
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Former Construction Gateway student Shaun Whickett

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After being made redundant from his job in a factory, 33-year-old Shaun Whickett was told about a Construction Gateway programme offered by the college by his Jobcentre work coach – and after completing the four-week course was offered a job in the industry! 

Shaun said: “I’m really pleased I signed up for the course – we covered basic construction skills as well as site regulations and health and safety, and I got my CSCS card which you need to work on a building site. 

“At the end of the course you’re guaranteed an interview with an industry employer.  I was  interviewed by Stave-Con – a local engineering and groundworks contractor – and was offered a job straight away.    

“Before I did the course I was working in a factory earning the minimum wage, but the future looks much brighter now – I feel very proud of what I’ve achieved and it shows that if you work hard and put your mind to something you can change your life for the better.”     

Former construction student Shaun Wickett