HFS trade employabillity knowledge

Repairs and maintenance contractor team up with the Trust to discuss pathways into the construction sector

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  • 1 Apr 2021

Repairs and maintenance contractor, Home Fix Scotland attended a virtual employability workshop chaired by the Inverclyde Community Development Trust last week, providing a valuable insight into the construction sector.

The Trust helps those from disadvantaged backgrounds realise their potential by delivering highly personalised programmes of support. Through successful partnerships with employers across Inverclyde, interested applicants are given access to a comprehensive range of opportunities and activities in order to help them develop the skills, networks and experiences necessary to prepare them for future employment.

Amongst those present during the careers workshop were the Department for Work and Pensions, Action for Children and Skills Development Scotland as well as a large group of interested school leavers.

From providing insight into the different skills and jobs roles within the industry, Joseph McGoldrick, Repairs Supervisor at Home Fix Scotland (HFS) also offered a first-hand account of his own experience within the organisation, discussing career opportunities, the living wage, some of the challenges associated with covid-19 and routes into employment both though apprenticeships and education.

Prior to the workshop concluding, those interested were also given the opportunity to ask Joe questions.

Tam Rough, Contracts Manager at HFS said: “Career workshops such as this are a great way to inspire the next generation of industry leaders by providing an overview of the organisation and a whole range of different career paths available to them within the sector.

“For many, it’ll be the first time they’ll have the chance to talk to someone in the construction business, and it can be a real eye opener.”

Donna Bryson, Employability Services Manager at The Trust said: “We are delighted and very appreciative of local employers’ support. These industrial talks give a real window of vital information into the world of work.

"Each talk allows participants to ask key questions about job roles and career prospects, essential when making career decisions whether you are a school leaver or more established in the workplace.”