My Top 8 CSCS Successful Stories – Part 2
Story 5 – Ansul Singh
ANSUL SINGH who did success in passing the CSCS to get himself a Cscs certification. He shared such as: “CSCS is certainly great certification to have. I was deciding which was better CSCS or PES then i decided to go for CSCS. I studied for 2.5 months and passed in 1st attempt.” Please click here to practice free CSCS mock test questions.
Story 6 – Glen
Even labouring work demanded a CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card to work on site and, despite his best efforts, he failed at every attempt. He was also totally unfamiliar with computers, which made job hunting more of a headache. Glen, now 25, from Weston, ran out of ideas and spent six years unemployed until he was referred to the Work Programme, delivered in Southampton by public service provider A4e on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. With the help of a dedicated team of trainers and advisors, he gained confidence using computers, finally passed his CSCS test atthe tenth attempt and is now working as a hod carrier for a brickworks in Christchurch. He said: “It was only when I was sent to A4e that I finally got the help I needed. They took one step at a time with me to get me into work. “They put me on a course to help me understand computers. I didn’t know how to turn one on before but now I can even fill my own tax return out on one. “Everyone was really kind but my A4e trainer, Zoe Brown, worked especially hard for me. She genuinely cared and I wouldn’t change her for the world. It was ana amzing feeling to get my CSCS card, it mant I could finally work on a building site.” A4e referred him to a Sector Based Work Academy through the Jobcentre Plus and he gained valuable work experience with SMP Brickwork Ltd. He asked to do an extra two weeks’ unpaid work in the hope of impressing and it paid off – he did just that and won a full time job.
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Story 7 – Richard
Richard, aged 52, has lived at Arlington for the past seven months. However, he has stayed in several other hostels before arriving at Arlington in December 2011, owing to a breakdown in family relationships a few years ago.
Richard was amongst the first group of trainees to successfully complete the two year apprenticeship programme, run by the Building Lives Academy, one of Arlington’s social economy partners. He enrolled on the Building Lives programme when it launched in 2010 and completed the taster courses in Carpentry and Plumbing before moving on to the NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry. When Richard was at school, he always wanted to pursue a career in the building industry. He did a few general construction and painting and decorating jobs after he left school, but never achieved any formal qualifications. He admits that he did not excel at Carpentry as a school pupil and saw the apprenticeship scheme as an opportunity to learn new skills in the trade. While on the Carpentry course, Richard also worked on improving his reading and writing skills on the Level 1 Literacy course. Richard has now gained his qualifications and also has a CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card which demonstrates his competence to work on a building site. Despite his mature age, Richard remains optimistic about securing employment and has registered with an agency to try and get a job. His determination and commitment is a real inspiration for other Arlington customers and Richard hopes that his success on the programme will motivate others to get involved with similar initiatives. He says, “I would encourage anyone to sign up for programmes like the ones run by the Building Lives Academy. You get to learn new skills, which can lead to job opportunities in the future. Young people should definitely take advantage of these opportunities. It’s much better than sitting around doing nothing at all.”
Story 8 – Mark
“Mark said: “I never wanted to be an electrician but I am really enjoying the work and I hope to go on to do an apprenticeship”. “Doing the placement has been helpful as it has made me consider different opportunities. The Scottish Hydro Arena is a big, exciting project and I am always busy. “Graham, the tradesman I work with, has been brilliant. He has taught me a lot and he is always patient”. “He said he is very impressed by the level of training I have. I am using the skills I developed at Youthbuild everyday on the site.” Before heading out on placement Mark attained a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, which is necessary to work on a construction site, a PASMA certificate, to work as a scaffolder and they both completed asbestos awareness training.
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