Partnership helps young adults break into construction

The apprentices with construction director Angus Murray and director of construction Murray White. Photograph by Martin Shields

CALA Homes (West) has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust and City of Glasgow College to help give unemployed young people the chance to take their first steps into the construction sector.

The housebuilder revealed 12 locals have secured apprenticeships after completing a ‘Get Into Construction’ course run by The Prince’s Trust in partnership with CALA and City of Glasgow College.

The group, all aged between 17 and 25, spent three weeks at City of Glasgow College completing training on construction skills, careers advice and gaining their CSCS card. They are now undertaking vocational experience at CALA developments across the West of Scotland.

Angus Murray, construction director at CALA Homes (West), said, “CALA is delighted to work with the Prince’s Trust, offering young people the opportunity to learn about the construction industry and the variety of careers that are available. The industry needs new talent if we are to address the national shortage in skilled trades and to have had such a positive response to the scheme from the trainees, CALA employees and our sub-contractors is fantastic.

“Unemployed young people often just need the chance to prove they have the motivation and talent required to get onto the career ladder. It’s clear from the feedback we’ve had from the teams on site that these young people have jumped at the chance to make the most of this opportunity. Everyone involved has worked extremely hard to get this programme running and their enthusiasm and dedication has been key to making it such a success.”