K&M run 10 CSR skills programmes each year.
The success rate into employment from employable attendees is 96%*
The programme is a five week pre-apprenticeship ‘employability’ course, which gives Londoners aged 16 upwards practical skills and training to help them into the industry. The aim is to focus them on the importance of turning up on time and job discipline, ensuring they do not drop out of jobs in the future
Since the programme started in November 2012, 269 young people have completed the course*. Out of that, 120 have been deemed employable and 115 have made it into further employment (51 as full 2 year vocational apprenticeships with various painting contractors) Alongside a strong work ethic, training in painting and decorating gives trainees the opportunity to gain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card so that by the end of the course, each student will be able to go on site work-aware and ready for further training.
We take part and organize construction events to bring large contractors and SME’s together to showcase the work of ready to work youngsters to encourage them to take on young people who have completed the course.
We also actively lobby the Council and Government to improve training opportunities for young people. Our aim is for the government to make it compulsory for all construction firms to take on apprenticeships
We hold resident workshops at our training premises giving advice and practical workshops with participation on the sessions for decorating and also household DIY tasks. We have held 4 since commencement of the Islington Partners Framework Programme. The purpose of the sessions are to give lay people basic understanding of the tools and PPE they should use, how to look after the tools, materials to use for filling, sanding, painting and cleaning. We can give people the confidence to prep the area and basic grasp of using brushes / rollers. Following the first 2 there was a long waiting list for the sessions.
Testimonial “Thanks so much to you and your team for working with us to facilitate two decorating sessions in October 2014. The residents who attended were really grateful. We received some good photos and feedback” Tessa Shelly – Community Involvement Manager – Rydon
*as of 13/2/15