Skills and training provision

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Our regeneration of Raploch in Stirling also won the Skills and Training award of the Homes for Scotland Quality Awards 2010 as well as winning the Community Engagement category (see Community engagement in the Case studies section). The judges’ report highlighted our commitment to provide 225 training places as well as apprenticeships and jobs for local people during the construction of 900 homes over the next 10 years. The report stated of our work to date that: “By providing 46 training placements to young people, 17 jobs and 11 apprenticeships, this project demonstrated a clear benefit to the local community within a relatively short timescale. Its success was demonstrated by extremely positive feedback from those involved.”

The judges also praised our provision of a Resource Centre, which includes a recruitment office, to provide training and employment opportunities. The report concluded: “This project was a great example of how the provision of skills and training can help deliver wider economic and social objectives of regeneration.”

At Raploch, we work closely with local not-for-profit training organisation Sustainable Community Enterprise (SCE). We provide work placements for individuals trained by SCE. We have also been working with trainees on Stirling Council’s Youth Services ‘Access to Construction’ initiative. This partnership has so far provided 10 training placements for young people, several of whom have progressed onto pre-apprenticeship opportunities with our sub-contractors.

Apprentices from the UK training scheme
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