Opening Doors to a Future in Construction
The largest current operation of the Trust is the construction training programme, Opening Doors. Amongst other construction related activity, Hartlepool NDC Trust works in partnership with Housing Hartlepool and Hartlepool Borough Council on our largest contract to renovate privately owned Empty Homes to bring them back into use.
A key objective for the NDC Trust while renovating the properties is to provide opportunities for trainees, predominantly young people, furthest from the labour market to engage in work experience on a construction site. We aim to produce work ready trainees, with sufficient experience to move on into further training or employment, which the NDC Trust may be able to identify through our partners.
The trainees have the opportunity to undertake tasks necessary to gain them a level 1 OCN (Open College Network) nationally recognised qualification. The Trust has so far provided work based learning opportunities for more than 100 trainees and supported 29 trainees to attain a level 1 OCN qualification, while 19 have successfully moved into further education or employment.
For more information or if you would like to join our trainees contact your local job centre or send an email to us via the contact page.
“The Empty Homes Project gave me new confidence in my abilities. It motivated me to get out there and find employment. “Getting this apprenticeship has changed my life and really boosted my career prospects, something that I put down to my time on the project" Tyler, 18.
“My four months working on the project has assisted me in regaining my self-confidence and a mind-set for work, which has helped me manage to get back into employment. I utilise the skills that I developed on the project every day when I’m at work. I am very thankful to the partnership for putting me in this position” Rob, 22.
“The project really helped me progress. I’ve gone from sitting around watching TV everyday to being a part of the team...It’s fantastic...I have also picked up the basics of a lot of new skills whilst on the scheme, such as painting and plastering, which will hopefully help me in my career" Jack, 19.
“Unemployment is extremely tough; it can alter a person’s frame of mind particularly when experiencing it long-term and can be detrimental to their self-esteem and motivation...Getting ‘on the job’ experience on a major scheme like this really makes a difference, as Jack, Rob and Tyler have shown...As well as helping the unemployed gain work experience, the Empty Homes Project also improves neighbourhoods by redeveloping the long-term unoccupied properties that can often become eyesores. The project also creates more much-needed affordable housing for the community, one of the Empty Homes Project partnership aims” Mark Dutton, Head of Regeneration at Housing Hartlepool, part of the Thirteen Group.