Kick starting a career in the building industry

Kick starting a career in the building industry

Wates Residential, our contractors for the Abbey Area development pledged to create training and employment opportunities for local people as part of their work. Their two-week Building Futures programme at the King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre gives people looking for work a kick-start into the residential building industry. During the training, participants worked towards achieving the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, which is needed to work in the construction industry, and a Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. 

Dione one of the participants said: “This course has been fantastic. I didn’t realise that I would learn so much. It’s been really fun and I would highly recommend Building Futures to friends and family.”

Marianna Giallouraki was eager to obtain a CSCS card and seized the opportunity to attend the Building Futures programme with Wates. Marianna passed the course in March and is now currently working as a Site Technician/Engineer for Mount Anvil under the Contractor J Reddington. “Everything is going well…..I strongly believe women deserve to be in any field they choose,” said Marianna.

Paul Nicholls, regional managing director of Wates Residential, said: “One of the most rewarding aspects of the Abbey development is to be able to provide the people of Camden and the surrounding areas with an insight into how the house building industry operates, as well as the many employment opportunities it presents. That’s why we’re so pleased to have welcomed members of the local community to take part in our Building Futures programme. We hope everyone that took part in this course will have an improved knowledge of how schemes such as the Abbey Area Regeneration project work, and that it will inspire them to consider taking further steps towards a rewarding career in the residential building industry.”

Abbey Area regeneration project
Work to build 141 homes at Abbey Road and Belsize Road started earlier this year and is progressing well. The first phase of the development also includes extra retail and commercial spaces, a 52-space underground car park and 75 homes for sale. These homes will fund the development of the affordable homes and business facilities.
After the first phase, more homes will be built in the area, along with community and health facilities, improved play spaces for children and improvements to open spaces.

Employment opportunities 
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For more information on the project, visit our projects map page