Jobs success for academy learners

Over half the people who joined the October cohort of the North Prospect Training Academy went on to find jobs straight after completing their course.

The academy, at our Phase 3 (Southern Gate) site, is run by our building partner Kier Living and City College Plymouth.

Nine learners joined the academy, where they spent two weeks learning theory in the designated on-site training academy.

They also spent a week taking part in practical learning at City College Plymouth and three weeks of work experience on site with subcontractors.

Seven learners successfully passed their CSCS test, which allows them to work on a building site and many other areas – all of which require a CSCS card as a prerequisite.

Two of the group have been employed by Kier Living. Andrew Singleton (pictured) was offered a position by Phase 3 project manager Keith Gazzard as a site labourer while Simon Pearce has now been appointed as Kier Living’s technical administrator.

Bob Fish, PCH Development Manager, said: “We know that the regeneration of North Prospect has provided new homes for the local community but it has also provided new opportunities for people looking for work. That’s great news.”

Kelly Locke, Marketing and Communications Manager for Kier Living, added ‘We could not have envisaged such a positive outcome. It surpasses all of our expectations. The effort that everyone put into this is a testament to the level of output shown. To have six learners in full time employment because of the Kier Living North Prospect Training Academy is the highest outcome we could have hoped for.”