During November 2016 Countrywise Repairs delivered a joint initiative with Wates Living Space aimed at getting long term unemployed and disadvantaged adults into work. The programme is called Building Futures and is a two week vocational programme which leads to Health and Safety training with the completion of an industry standard CSCs test and a BTEC Level 1 in Construction. We aim to attract 15 learners on each course and provide soft skills and practical training as well as valuable insight into the repairs industry.
Learners are also given advice on personal development such as confidence building, team-work, behavioral skills, return to work guidance on CV preparation, job search and interviewing skills.
Part of the course is to deliver a project which seeks to benefit residents and the community and provide an opportunity for learners to utilise some of the skills they have recently acquired. The “Dig Sherwood” project was selected whose aim is to create a wildlife-friendly shared growing space for both existing and new residents of the Sherwood estate, with small manageable plots, and ongoing tuition and support for participants. The team made a significant contribution to this project