New training initiative set to offer pathways to construction

Tracey Smith

GTS Solutions CIC (GTS) has revealed it has teamed up with Morrison Construction to launch a training initiative designed to bring more people into the industry.

In conjunction with the Department for Work & Pensions, ‘Pathways to Construction’ will feature four-week long courses designed to have graduates ‘job-ready’.

The programme will be delivered by GTS’ in-house training team via an online classroom experience and will cover areas including health and safety, first aid, soft skills and digital communications.

Candidates will spend two weeks working in line with Morrison Construction on building sites in Edinburgh and East Lothian.

GTS explained that the initiative is aimed at ‘motivated’ individuals who have experienced barriers to work as a result of the pandemic. GTS operations director Tracey Smith said, “We are excited to be able to open up another training opportunity for people to help them into employment. We aim to support individuals, through education, to reduce the barriers to work. Our role as a social enterprise educator is to work in partnership with the government departments to support initiatives across employability.

“This has been a very difficult and challenging year for a lot of people and it’s pleasing to be able to do this to hopefully help ease any hardship and stress. It is an intense programme and those who are successful will have the necessary certifications which will allow them to start work on a construction site. As a company, Morrison Construction focuses strongly on social values and that resonates with us so we are delighted to partner with them to deliver this initiative.”

Jim Johnstone, head of communities & social impact at Morrison Construction, added, “Morrison Construction is delighted to be working in partnership with GTS on this important programme, which is very much in line with our objective to encourage more industry entrants into construction. We have a significant focus on assisting local communities in their community wealth building, and by creating programmes that can assist local people back to the world of work, we can be sure that we are achieving our aim of making a positive impact for the communities we work in.”