This week, eight local residents have been given the chance to try their hand at different construction skills on a free taster course run by Incommunities.
Each participant was given basic training by skilled professionals from the housing group. This covered joinery, plastering, plumbing and electrical skills.
The course was run in a partnership between the Thornbury Centre and Incommunities to encourage tenants from the BD3 area and other residents to explore work opportunities in construction as well as learn basic DIY skills.
They were also able to try out their skills at training ‘rigs’ at Incommunities’ Bradford-based Construction Training Centre.
Incommunities’ tenant Chantelle McNulty of Leeds Road, Bradford said: “The course has given me a real flavour of working in construction. It was also great fun having a go at different building skills.”
Baily Burdett from Cullingworth, said: “I want to apply for an apprenticeship so this has given me a real insight into the type of jobs out there – I’m now thinking about training in plumbing or electrical work.”
Steve Short, Director of Incommunities – Open Field, said: “Everyone who came along was given a taster into different trade skills to see if this might be an area they would like to train further in or simply learn more about.
“Hopefully, the event could prove the spring board for some of yesterday’s learners into careers in construction.”