Women and Manual Trades’ parent company, Procure Plus, has CITB funding for work as an On-Site Experience (OSE) construction training hub in North Wales, and it has been featured on Womanthology.
The feature follows the story of Lauren Taylor, who has gained work as a site operative at Lane End Group’s Llandudno site. Lauren joined the Lane End team after completing a Construction Skills programme run through Procure Plus’ OSE Hub, with support from the Women and Manual Trades team.
Lauren’s story into her role, in her own words:
“I started my career quite far away from construction, working in the film industry as a horse dresser. I then went on to work as community carer a for a couple of years, but found that this gave me little work-life balance and low flexibility.
After this, I ventured into a career at the water board as a service engineer. This is where I first found a spark of interest in labouring jobs and manual work. I found out about the construction skills course and the Onsite Experience Hub, and this is where I took the leap into my first construction-based qualifications, gaining a CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card, health and safety and manual handling training.
I am currently a site operative on Lane End Group’s Llandudno development, and my role involves helping the site team with day-to-day logistics. This includes supporting with the delivery of materials, ensuring they are off-loaded correctly and that the order is correct.
I also assist the site manager and project manager in maintaining a high health and safety standard on-site, with daily checks of the welfare area, machines, and site entrance.
I heard about the OSE training opportunity through a support worker in Llandudno. I had thought about a career in construction for years, after previously supporting my ex-partner set up his own construction business and working alongside him. He showed me the ropes and I immediately loved the new challenge and satisfaction I got from working in such a hands-on manual job.
I completed a three-day course where I gained my CSCS card, which is essentially a passport to working on any construction site. From there I was given the chance to work on a trial basis for a few days on Land End’s site in Llandudno, and was eventually offered full time employment. Lane End also works alongside ClwydAlyn, a non-profit making housing association based in North Wales.
In Wales there is a huge skills shortage of construction workers. It is so important to put skills into practice and complete work experience to give people a better chance of getting full time employment. The training gave me insight into the theory and the skills needed in construction.”