Helping people on their pathway to construction

Pathways to Construction

We have linked up with a local Leeds business, East End Park electrical contractors BCS Electrics, to provide rewarding work experience opportunities.

The first of these was with 19 year-old Brad Schofield from Wortley, who has just completed four weeks with BCS Electrics.

The work experience forms part of Pathways to Construction, a scheme for people aged over 16, living in Leeds, who are currently unemployed. The project covers three areas: a taster session at Leeds College of Building, employability skills training with re’new Employment team and work experience. Our Construction & Housing Yorkshire project runs the Pathways to Construction scheme with Leeds College of Building, re’new Employment Team and Interserve Working Futures.

Brad said: 

‘My time with BCS Electrics has been great and for the four weeks I’ve been working at Leeds General Infirmary, on a major scheme in the ‘voids’.

‘Derek Blackburn has been my teacher and he’s been fantastic. He’s an approved trainer and has been doing his job for more than 30 years. Derek has also shown me a number of drawings so I can wire up a light circuit known as a Chinese two way and another called an octopus. He is a fount of all knowledge.

‘I’ve loved my four weeks with BCS Electrics. My goal is to find an apprenticeship and go to college, and I think these four weeks will really help me. I’m now working with re’new to update my CV and now have my CSCS card.

BCS Electrics operations manager Dean Towers said:

‘At BCS Electrics we believe in giving people a chance. When we were contacted by Construction & Housing Yorkshire, asking if we would take on Brad under the Pathways to Construction scheme, we agreed.

‘We are undertaking a major contract at Leeds General Infirmary, and this is what Brad helped work on during his four weeks with us. Before he started with us he’d done his homework and looked us up on the internet. He’d done his research which was a very good start in our eyes.

‘He had to begin work at 7.30am every morning and he wasn’t late once. He was assigned to Derek Blackburn who, over the years, has trained just about the entire workforce, including me. It’s fair to say Derek isn’t easily impressed, but he was with Brad. I’ve not heard one bad comment about him. He’s been a really good lad.

‘Thanks to Brad he has opened the door for us to take on others under the scheme. We are more than happy to work with Construction Housing & Yorkshire again. This partnership is good for us, and good for those participating in it.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Pathways to Construction scheme and how you can get involved, please call the CHY team on 0113 881 4823.