Construction Academy 2018

Release Date: 26/06/2018 16:31

Construction Academy 2018

Fife Council Employability Services is leading on the delivery of another successful Construction Academy in partnership with Fife College and Fife based employers.

The academies are delivered by the Fife Council funded Fife Job Contract. The funding seeks to address high levels of unemployment for young people and adults to reduce the skills gap within industry sectors. The five week Academy presented an opportunity for candidates to gain skills and knowledge of the construction industry. The success of these employability academies means that young people have the support and assistance they need from start to finish, ensuring they end up on the career ladder.

Whilst at the Fife Council Skills Development Conference Centre, Kirkcaldy, the team delivered health & safety training including abrasive wheels, asbestos awareness culminating in the completion of their CSCS cards. The candidates also received disability awareness training and employability skills support.

Working in partnership with Job Centre Plus and Fife College candidates gained City & Guilds certificates in painting & decorating and groundworks.

Service Manager Lucinda McAllister added: “We work tirelessly with our partners to ensure young adults have the skills they need to start their career. This Construction Academy has given these young adults the opportunity to access Modern Apprenticeships available in the construction sector.  The Employability Team will work with them after their work experience to ensure they find their way to employment.

I’m sure our candidates will have the vital skills which construction employers are looking for to fill their vacancies.  And I look forward to hearing about their success!”

Councillor Altany Craik said, ‘Fife Council Employability Services working in partnership with

Fife College and local employers to deliver the Construction Academies now in their 6th 

year. This successful approach to providing skills, knowledge and recognised certificates 

will allow our young people to be better prepared for the world of work and a career in 

construction. Local employers have provided an essential contribution with real time work 

experience and our sincere thanks goes out to Adrian Scott Joinery, Thomas Menzies 

Builders, Block Build, Craig Adam Joinery, Realm Construction, East Fife Joinery, Michael 

Rees Painters, Scott & Simpson, Bedborough Construction and Campion Homes. With the 

opportunities for apprenticeship and employment, a positive pathway is in the making.’


Justin Yule said, ’the academy has been really good and I have learned a lot. My placement was great with Thomas Menzies as they gave me lots of different experiences in stone masonry, bricklaying and in the workshops. I am really pleased I am getting a chance to start my career with them. I would recommend the Academy as a great place to start for anyone looking to work in construction’

Daniel Dobbs had a placement with Adrian Scott Joinery and said, ‘I have been everywhere, working on mansions at Loch Lomond to places in Fife. I have been helping to build stairs from scratch and doing scraping and sanding. The academy is a good experience and I would highly recommend this for someone wanting to go into construction.’

If you are interested in entering a career in construction, check for the latest vacancies and Academies.



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