The three-week course, starting on Monday 21 November, provides candidates with a range of skills including:
Delivery of the Groundworks SWAP will be carried out from a brand new, purpose-built site at James Watt College, located in Great Barr, Birmingham.
Tommy Carey, Carey Group COO and Careys Director of Operations (Midlands)
Our partnership with BMet and the Groundworks SWAP forms part of Careys legacy to support the communities in which we work across the West Midlands and is the foundation for our ongoing recruitment in the region, where we continue to win more good work with our valued clients.
What is particularly pleasing, though, is this is testament that we remain committed to our vision, ‘To be the most trusted and socially responsible construction company, that people are proud to work with’, and follows on from our recent partnership with Milton Keynes College, where we offer a 15-month level two groundworker apprenticeship to local students.
The Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) supports businesses to create a skilled workforce by helping to prepare those receiving unemployment benefits to apply for jobs in a different area of work. Placements are designed to help meet immediate and future recruitment needs as well as to recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow a business. Placements are particularly useful for young people but are open to all jobseekers aged 18 upwards.
Placements have three main components:
Andy Lees, Senior Director of Curriculum and innovation at BMet
We are delighted to have formed a partnership with Careys. The Groundworks Academy at our James Watt College is a great fit into a well-established Construction Department with groundworks being the element that enhances the training opportunity within the region further.
We look forward to continuing to work with Careys to provide our learners with the correct knowledge, skills and behaviours that aim to provide sustainable employment within the industry.
Wendy Anderson, Department for Work and Pensions
Sector-based Work Academy Programmes are an effective, flexible tool for supporting employers to fill their vacancies and supporting DWP customers by improving their prospects of securing employment. We are delighted to be working with BMet and Careys in offering this SWAP to our customers, giving them the chance to gain new skills and preparing them for the opportunities that Careys are recruiting for.