1 July 2016

Shoreham Port teamed up with Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers, Hemsley Orrell Partnership (HOP) and other local organisations to deliver a week long course to help young people gain experience of the construction industry. This course will enable them to take their first steps in obtaining a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.

Jon Orrell, Managing Director at Hemsley Orrell Partnership commented “There are a lot of young people who are desperate for work but cannot get even a basic entry level job in construction as they need to get a CSCS card.”

With lots of goodwill from Shoreham Port, Brighton & Hove Bus Company, Brighton & Hove City Council, The Brighton Fishing Museum, British Military Fitness, Sussex County Cricket Club, Westridge Construction, Tasker Catchpole, Morgan Sindall, Facelift, Greystone Associates and Edburton Contractors, HOP has been able to put together an introductory programme called Practical Skills for Construction which will help introduce people currently out of work to the wonderful world of construction.”

As part of the weeklong event, attendees visited Shoreham Port, met with the Engineering Department and were shown many of the exciting new projects that have taken place this year.

In addition to the two site visits to the Port, the group covered basic health and safety training, basic use of tools, site set up, working at heights, brick and blockwork, work planning and Civil Engineering.

Rhys Hutchings, Senior Engineering Manager at Shoreham Port commented “We have really enjoyed working with HOP and other local organisations to deliver a hands-on experience to the group from Practical Skills in Construction. The Port is the perfect environment to showcase engineering practices on a number of levels and gave the students an insight into the day-to-day working life of an Engineer.”

If you are interested in taking part in a future Practical Skills in Construction course please contact Brighton & Hove City Council Youth Employability Service on 01273 294247 or visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk.