Constructing new careers by keeping it local

Political uncertainty and Brexit delays have seen a widely buoyant construction industry chart a more uncertain course according to recent IHS Market / CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index reports.

Yet despite the findings, there remains a steady increase in house building. Particularly in growth areas like Birmingham, where demand is greatly outstripping supply for skilled construction labour.

That, coupled with stringent Section 106 stipulations for local jobs for local people, means that house-builders are having a tricky time attracting, recruiting AND training local people into their workforce.

Fortunately, meeting increased labour demands is a challenge well understood by construction recruitment specialists and Cidori partners O’Neill & Brennan. Established in 1990, they have a long track record in first class recruitment solutions for both employers and candidates.

Constructing Careers

An innovative partnership between O’Neill & Brennan and Cidori is ensuring that local construction firms in the West Midlands are able to plug these local recruitment gaps and benefit from a continuous skills pipeline. 

Construct a Career is a pilot scheme in Birmingham that joins up Cidori’s needs-based Introduction to Construction Skills training programme with O’Neill & Brennan’s specialist recruitment services.

The programme attracts, trains and recruits new workers. Free to the trainee, the programme provides them with essential skills, their CSCS card and finds them a suitable position with genuine career opportunities.

Birmingham was a deliberate location for the Construct a Career pilot as the city exemplifies the recruitment challenges faced by the construction industry.  Birmingham is the focus for huge investment, translating into a buoyant construction sector. It’s also an area of high unemployment.

Local jobs for local people 

Our Birmingham pilot with O’Neill & Brennan – still in its infancy – has already resulted in 20 newly trained, CSCS card holders, ready to join the sector in the West Midlands. And there are hundreds  more jobs waiting to be filled.

As we implement further courses in partnership with O’Neill & Brennan, Cidori is confident that Construct a Career will continue to deliver site-ready new workers, equipped to take their first step towards a career of real opportunity.

“Of the three companies that form the Construct a Career programme, it’s our partner Cidori that has been instrumental in helping to fill our first training course. Working with job centres and colleges Cidori is able to effectively target areas of high unemployment close to local construction projects.” Dan O’Neill, O’Neill and Brennan

College Accredited

Cidori works with a number of large colleges across the country, delivering to an Ofsted Level 1 standard. Since May 2018, along with our training partners we have helped some 200 learners per month successfully through the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)alone.

Candidates for all these courses are unemployed, over 19 years of age and in receipt of either Universal Credit or Job Seekers Allowance. Our partnerships allow us to highlight areas of the country that have a skills shortage. Once this is profiled, the Cidori team will engage with relevant agencies in that region and get people the training and job opportunities they are seeking.

Find out more 

For more information about any of our Construction or Rail sector pre-employment training programmes, or to discuss how your business can benefit from a Cidori bespoke apprenticeship programme please contact:

David Murfitt
01788 851230
07930 493038

Useful links

Pre-Employment training from Cidori
Construction Skills training from Cidori
2 Week Introduction to Construction