Westbury residents construct a bright future 

A partnership between Sovereign Housing Association, Westbury Town Council, The Laverton Institute, FM Business School and Wiltshire Council has seen 10 residents from Westbury complete an essential construction course, completely free of charge.

The adult learning project  saw the ten students learn all the skills necessary to gain their CSCS Construction Card – a baseline requirement when working on construction sites.

Before the course launched, the partner organisations worked with residents to find out the kind of jobs people in Westbury wanted to do, and then connected them with suitable courses, delivered locally.

Chair of Westbury Town Council and town Mayor, Cllr Mike Sutton, met the first group of residents to participate in the project - which is bringing more adult learning opportunities to the town.

Kane Morgan-Smith, one of the course participants said: “Having the CSCS course running in Westbury has been excellent. By attending this course it has opened lots of doors for employability – not just for me, but all the other people on the course. I have enjoyed it thoroughly and would recommend it to anyone else who wants to get into construction.”

Scott Jacobs-Lange, Community Development Officer, said: “This first course was taught by tutors from Bath College, but future courses will be organised according to local demand. Sovereign residents can get information and support by visiting our website. We’d also welcome suggestions about the qualifications that people in Westbury need support to gain.”

All Wiltshire residents can access support with employment and skills by visiting the Work Wiltshire website

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