Builders merchant Jewson has donated £1000 worth of groundworking materials to Blackpool and The Fylde College in Lancashire as part of the Build Up initiative.
This provides unemployed adults with key construction skills; creating a skilled local workforce that can help local contractors to meet social responsibility clauses in tenders for local contracts.
The initiative aims to train unemployed adults to undertake construction work. Furthermore, with significant regeneration plans for Blackpool, it helps to address the local skills shortage and tackle unemployment figures.
Jewson’s materials donation include transition and drop kerbing, quadrants and paving for assembling road traffic islands, meaning students could tackle this particular type of construction work.
Since it began six years ago, the Build Up initiative has helped almost 3,500 people to find employment – playing a vital role in addressing the skills shortage and supporting the local community.
Paul Murray, sales manager, at Jewson said: “Encouraging people – of any age – into the construction industry is something we have long championed at Jewson. The students need hands-on and practical experience so we were delighted to donate the materials required. It means the traffic islands can be constructed and then disassembled time and time again.”