Construction students’ CSCS card success

Construction Students

Sam Mitchell from The Building Block with our Construction students. The photo was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have been working with The Building Block, a project supported by Opportunity Sheffield, the Employment and Skills service of Sheffield City Council, which is funded through the DfE and CITB. They have delivered training on the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card resulting in a 95% pass rate from our Construction students who took the exam.

The CSCS card is a ‘driving license’ for the construction industry that proves individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications as well as demonstrating their competence in health and safety. The card is a requirement for the majority of large national construction businesses.

The Building Block’s purpose is to help and support individuals in South Yorkshire find employment in the construction industry by providing the opportunity to gain the relevant skills, experience and training.
The College welcomed Sam Mitchell from The Building Block who delivered the CSCS training together with health and safety training to our students before the COVID-19 pandemic.

This collaboration with the College and the Building Block shows our commitment to ensuring our students are prepared for the working world after they leave College and as a result, over 100 construction students have now secured their CSCS card.

Duncan Bulloch, Director of C-STEM at the College, said: “The construction industry is currently going through significant changes. We want our students to be ‘work ready’ in order to help reduce the skills gap that the country is currently experiencing.

“By working with The Building Block and having our students train and sit the CSCS card exam, we are providing our students with a further step on the construction career ladder.”

Gareth Urwin, Development Manager at Opportunity Sheffield, added: “The Building Block programme has been designed as part of the Government’s National Retraining Scheme to enable more people to gain employment within the construction sector and help bridge the disconnect that exists between ‘skills’ and ‘employment’ in the industry. The scheme has proved very successful in South Yorkshire with over 200 people over the last 12 months moving into employment on large-scale housing developments taking place across Sheffield.

Last updated: 16th December 2020