Four Waltham Forest residents have successfully completed our WalthamFutures ‘Work to Learn’ programme.
Morgan Sindall Property Services (MSPS) are happy to introduce the first cohort of our trainees Alexandra Owusu, Khadian Salmon, Treyvarne Khan, Anthony Green. They began their apprenticeship in early September and completed the course in mid-October. Each trainee joins for several different reasons, ranging from college leavers trying to access the industry, others struggling with unemployment and some individuals seeking a pathway to more reliable work.
The apprentices started their three-week classroom based training covering Health & Safety Construction Skills L1 qualification, Level 1 Certificate in Employability and the industry recognised Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card enabling access to site. After this, the trainees progress to a three-week work placement within our supply chain. The apprentices were partnered with an experienced operative, who mentored them throughout their pre- apprenticeship, offering them a hands-on learning experience in painting, decorating, and plumbing. Each trainee will receive an interview to work with our placement employers.
Khadian Salmon thanked Keith Latchford, the Plumbing Operative he shadowed during the three-week work placement, he said “Thank you for teaching, guiding and letting me have a go at a few jobs. Your patience, supervision and willingness to help me progress has allowed me up to move forward in life. I’m going to become a dad soon, and just the way you are has given me some insight of how to be a working man and provider for my family, thank you again!”
Ian Webb, MSPS Partnership Director on the Waltham Forest contract addressed the cohort at the celebration event, he said “You should all be very proud of yourself, your mannerisms when coming into the office have been impeccable. You’ve listened to the instructions your operatives gave you and you are leaving us with an insight into a thriving industry, we wish you every success in your future endeavours.”
Natasha Rochester, Social Value Coordinator at MSPS, said: “I’m very happy that the first cohort of our WalthamFutures trainees has been so successful. The quality of the training programme, delivered in partnership with Geason Training, and progression route to apprenticeships provides a fantastic opportunity for the local residents.”
WalthamFutures is one of our social value initiatives that offers pre-employment programmes to Waltham Forest residents. Through a structured work based training and up skilling, it bridges the gap between young people leaving school and accessing apprenticeships, and provides the support required to help unemployed residents back into work.