A NEW initiative has been set up to help people from all walks of life to learn a trade in construction.
Midland Construction Training is a new building course designed to cater for the public and private sector.
MP John Mann was on hand to celebrate the opening of their centre, who offer bespoke courses tailored to an individuals needs in areas such as bricklaying, plastering, joinery, tiling, plumbing, painting and decorating, and will soon be expanding to cover working on heritage sites.
Managing Director Martin Introna said that he wanted to open a world of opportunities up to everyone – regardless of skills or background.
“It’s a unique venture,” he said.
“We aim to provide a unique training facility. Others in Bassettlaw aren’t fit for purpose, and there are many people on the dole and they can just come here and learn a trade – we’re very affordable.”
He continued: “We’re open to everybody, and we’re hoping to give as many people as we can an opportunity and get them back into work.”
“Other training places ask for qualifications and I find that ridiculous. You don’t need a piece of paper to do this, all you need is two hands and that’s what we’re here for.”
Head plasterer at MCT Jim Ratcliffe has been plastering for over 15 years and said that they would be working to keep the real spirit of construction alive.
“It’s important because we’re losing a lot of trades nowadays,” he said.
“This will provide endless opportunities – you could start your own business or whatever but we are definitely going to make you more employable, and I give you my personal promise that I am going to turn people into a great plasterer with a better future.”
MP John Mann added that MCT would be providing an essential service to the community.
“There’s a big demand for this sort of thing and there’s a shortage of plasterers around here,” he said.
“If they go into the heritage side of things that’s excellent, because very few people indeed are doing that in this area – in North Notts and beyond.”
He added: “People with these skills will get employed, and it’s great that they are here to offer that. I hope that it becomes a success”
For information or to sign up to Midland Construction Training call 01909 488443 or visit www.midlandconstructiontraining.com