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Construction student lands on his feet

AFTER six months of claiming Jobseekers Allowance construction worker Carl Bloor never dreamed a college course would land him an immediate job offer.

For Carl, aged 27 from Biddulph, it really was a case of being in the right place at the right time, as having just completed a course in Health and Safety at Stoke on Trent College he is now back at the Shelton campus to help build the college’s new sports complex.

Carl has been taken on as a labourer by Aspect construction, the firm tasked building the state-of-the-art indoor sports hall which will house a fitness and aerobics suite and is expected to be completed by September 2013.

Carl says:

“I’ve had several jobs on sites in the past but I’d got let off, and before I was offered this job I’d been looking for work for six months as there is hardly any work out there in the construction business. When you’re on jobseekers it does get you down and six months is a long time, as I was just sat around bored all day, day after day.”

Carl had come to Stoke on Trent college to complete the course so he could renew his CSES Card (Construction Skills Certification) a competence card scheme for construction workers which is required by employers before workers are allowed on building sites.

“When I finished my course at the college, they told me about this vacancy, helped me sort out my CV and then set up my interview with Aspect. I like working on sites as I’ve always been a hands on person and I like things which keep you busy and keep you fit. At the moment I have 40 weeks of work here and there is a good chance now that I will have a permanent job at the end of it. Now I’m really enjoying it as it’s nice to be back in work. I’ve found the staff at the college really great and very helpful to me, and my advice to others would be to never give up and to keep trying and keep looking for work.”

Wesley Allmark, Construction Director at Aspect Construction, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Carl onto the Aspect team, and he was one of many candidates presented to us by the college to fill one of a series of job opportunities that will be offered in conjunction with the projects we are delivering in the Stoke area.  Carl was appointed through our Building Skills scheme, and we look forward to continue working with the college to provide the right job opportunities and placements for local people.”

Stoke on Trent College offers a full range of courses related to careers in construction, from bricklaying to plastering, carpentry and decorating. For more information visit www.stokecoll.ac.uk, join us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StokeonTrentCollege

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