Mace Sustain's community regeneration team joined forces with homeless charity Centrepoint to promote its Building, Learning and Training programme (BuiLT), to give homeless young people a greater chance of employment. In the 18 months since the partnership began, Mace Sustain has successfully engaged and supported more than 50 people into work.
Young residents at the charity have benefitted from information, advice and guidance sessions, tailored CVs, basic skills, pre-employment courses, construction training, work experience placements and employment opportunities.
Several have been supported and guided by Mace Sustain into further education opportunities and apprenticeships through one-to-one support. To date, five individuals have completed pre-employment courses while seven have taken training courses ranging from English for Speakers of other Languages (ESoL), steel fixing and working on highways and paving.
Community regeneration manager Gez Carr said: "We are aware of the barriers these young people face and the attitudes and stereotypical views formed by some employers and the general public. We have been through a steep learning curve in terms of understanding the day-to-day difficulties these young people go through."
Of those supported by the team, two have already successfully been placed into work on Mace Group's More London and Royal Parks project sites. Another 14 are currently undertaking construction training with the aim of being placed on site.
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Mace Sustain are the health and safety, community and environment specialists of the Mace Group.