23 August 2017
ISG continues to WOW with its work experience initiative in Manchester.
The company has been working with Manchester City Council to offer work experience placements for young and unemployed people on its sites across the region.
In January 2017, ISG launched its work experience programme, WOWEX, building on its status as a National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC).
The work experience programme has seen four groups of students come together for a fully immersive week of practical and site-based experience, with the findings being reported back to the industry through the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) later this year.
The WOWEX programme was recently shortlisted in the Skills Initiative of the Year category at the Building Awards 2017.
In July, at an event held in conjunction with Manchester City Council, CITB, Manchester College, Jobcentre Plus and local employment and skills agencies, ISG offered three, week-long work experience placements to local people.
Manchester City Council’s work and skills specialist, Rhianne Sweeney, said: “This event will have a very positive impact on the local community in Moston.
“The sheer number of people that turned out on the day and left with information about accessing careers in the construction industry was inspiring.”
The sites including St Matthew’s, St Margaret’s and Corn Exchange offered week-long placements to successful candidates.
ISG’s project skills co-ordinator, Larene Linley, said: “More than 30 people turned out to the event hear about local vacancies, apprenticeships, training and learn about the process of gaining the accreditations they need to work on site.
“Thanks to our work with the council and the North West Construction Hub (NWCH), we were also able to provide work experience placements that will help local people get the foot up on the construction careers ladder.”
Since 2014, ISG has delivered more than 11,292 training outputs for young people, the unemployed and the supply chain through the NSAfC, as well as up-skilling its own workforce.