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Ely residents celebrate completion of construction course

7 October 2015
Councillor and Mayor Lis Every with student Jamie Setchell.

Out-of-work residents in Ely have improved their employability skills thanks to a special training course from Sanctuary Housing and Groundwork Cambridge & Peterborough.

A free landscaping, construction and horticulture course has been successfully completed by nine local residents looking to take a step onto the career ladder.

Funded by Sanctuary and led by Groundwork, the five-week programme culminated in a celebratory event at Sanctuary’s Fairfax Court retirement living scheme attended by The Mayor of Ely, Councillor Elisabeth Every and Travis Perkins plc who supported the project and event.

The Mayor was joined by those who have completed the course, residents of the scheme and members of the East Cambridgeshire Committee.

Participants on the course were able to learn practical skills by laying a path, installing benches and building raised flower beds at Fairfax Court, with all materials kindly donated by Travis Perkins plc.

Following the completion of the course, attendees will now have the opportunity to obtain the CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card, essential in the construction industry.

Councillor Elisabeth Every commented: “It was a real privilege to meet all the partners in this project and to witness the benefits that everyone has gained through being involved. 

“Hopefully we will be able to learn in a few months’ time that the participants have gone onto further training or work.  They certainly deserve to have this opportunity as they would be a credit to any employer.’

All participants will now receive support in searching and applying for jobs.

This project was funded by DWP Flexible Support Fund and by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.