YORhub, Efficiency North and Futureworks (Yorkshire) were delighted to join forces with the Regional 15 (North East) Brigade again on Monday 28 April at Leeds College of Building’s Stourton Campus. The session built on the relationships established at the previous event held at Nostell Priory in October 2013, and again demonstrated the wide range of benefits that the armed forces can offer to the construction industry to an audience of YOR and EN Procure frameworks contractors, consultants and the wider supply chain.
Delegates came with mixed intensions and open minds. Finding out how to employ reservists in available positions, continuing to provide opportunities for veterans and reservists and seeking to find out about any additional opportunities and initiatives were high on outcome lists. Some frameworks’ contractors were represented at the event by veterans and reservists in their employment, who were able to talk informally to other delegates about their transition from full time service to combining reservist life with their new construction careers.
Brigadier Greville Bibby CBE, Commander of Regional 15 (North East) Brigade, again led proceedings, introducing lively presentations about the role and skills of the modern armed forces by Major Twumasi-Ankrah of the Household Cavalry and Second Lieutenants Richard Cann and Alexander Wilson. 2Lts Wilson and Cann also gave first-hand accounts of their own experiences juggling reservist duties and successful careers. Lt Col Paul Davies followed up with a personal account of how he has managed to combine a successful career in Adult Social Care management with his role in the Reservists for over 20 years, and the many ways in which his military and civilian roles complemented each other.
Heather Nicholson of the Career Transition Partnership, which offers a no cost recruitment service to employers, and Maj Richard Lenton, Regional Director of SABRE, explained their roles and offer before Derek Whitehead, Deputy Principal of Leeds College of Building gave an overview of the college, the only construction specialist FE college in the UK currently offering training and education from construction crafts to Higher Education and construction management, as well as offering shorter training courses to the industry.
Mark Scott, Director of Futureworks (Yorkshire) and Employment and Skills Manager for both YORhub and Efficiency North frameworks, gave an update of the Employment and Skills outcomes already achieved through the frameworks, which include 592 work places and 572 people progressing into employment. Mark acknowledged that working alongside the Armed Forces presents an excellent opportunity to improve on these outcomes and reinforced YORhub and Efficiency North’s commitment to working with the Armed Forces to make a real difference. Going forward all YORfuture apprentices will be offered the opportunity to take part in special week long courses delivered by 15 (North East) Brigade to motivate and prepare them for the world of work.
Mark Scott, Director of Futureworks (Yorkshire), who deliver the YORfuture Shared Apprenticeship Scheme commented:
“Now that there are signs of growth in the construction industry it’s more important than ever to work smarter and tap into ready available pools of talent and skills such as the Reserve forces and Leeds College of Building students, who are all career ready and willing. We’re looking forward to exploring further ways of working together to ensure that the best possible resources are in place to offer quality training and employment opportunities.”