PHASES

Our aim is to help a range of disadvantaged people to improve their lives through construction and environmental projects. Many of them will want to pursue a career in these fields. But some may simply benefit on a therapeutic level - mental health, in particular, has been shown to improve with this sort of work.

We have developed four separate 'phases' which trainees can pass through, depending on their aims. Once a trainee has developed sufficient skills, they can then progress onto the next phase.

PHASE 1 - INITIAL TRAINING

The learning and practice of initial skills in a workshop / training centre environment.

PHASE 2 - GETTING STUCK IN

Trainees have the opportunity to put into practice the skills they have learned in a real building situation - often a commercial property.

PHASE 3 - RENOVATING EMPTY HOMES

Trainees who are serious about entering the construction industry move onto this phase which involves work on empty residential properties alongside experienced builders.

PHASE 4 - INDEPENDENT WORKING

Trainees successfully passing through Phase 3 are then supported in finding their own work. This may include quoting for work on one of our empty property renovations (above).

Throughout this process, trainees are given ongoing support with the range of needs they are likely to have. This might include housing, welfare benefits, health issues and career guidance.

The next sections of this web site explains these phases in more detail.