Apprenticeship: Ed Jackson


Ed Jackson has successfully gained an apprenticeship with Scarborough Construction Skills Village partner Anderson Joiners & Builders.

Ed, aged 34, was long term unemployed and referred by Scarborough Job Centre Plus to the Construction Skills Village in March 2017. Initially, Ed was enrolled onto our Adult Learning Provision, which supported long term unemployed people into the construction industry. This course ran over 5 months with attendance required for 16 hours a week.

During this time Ed was enrolled onto an Extended Certificate in Construction Skills, which he successfully achieved in July 2017. Alongside this qualification Ed also gained a series of qualifications including:

• Level 1 Health & Safety in Construction

• CSCS Card

• Emergency First Aid at Work

A critical step for Ed was undertaking a period of work experience as he often lacked confidence, which effected his social skills, due to being long term unemployed.

Our partners, Kebbell Homes and Yorkshire Coast Homes, supported Ed to complete over 5 weeks of valuable work experience with them. On completing the work experience, Ed was a different person, he thoroughly enjoyed his time within the working environment and it had given his confidence a massive boost. And helped him prepare for the world of work.

In September 2018 the Construction Skills Village was approached by a local company, Andersons Joiners & Builders, who were looking for an apprentice. It was agreed that they would take some learners on a work trial and Ed was successful in gaining one of those opportunities. On completion of a successful work trial, Ed, was offered a full-time apprenticeship with them.

He started his NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship in Joinery on the 2nd of October 2017 and he now attends the Construction Skills Village one day per week.

Pete Hall, Managing Director at Anderson Joiners & Builders said ‘Working with the Construction Village has been a really good experience and it is great to see a training provider listen and work in partnership with us. The selection recruitment and work experience of an apprentice was so straight forwards and I would recommend the Construction Village to all employers.’

Ed Jackson, Apprentice Joiner at Anderson Joiners & Builders said ‘My adviser at JCP first told me about the Skills Village and I got in touch. Although my course was completed in July my adviser recognised that the Skills Village programme supported me in finding employment and they allowed me to continue attending for work experience. The Skills Village programme and work experience helped build my confidence, and gave me a sense of worthwhile. I had something to get up for. It disciplined me into turning up at work on time. If you are looking to get into this industry the Skills Village is the best place to start.’