Unemployed adults get job boost from development firm

A DEVELOPER building 200 homes in Lee-on-the-Solent ha given a boost to youngsters battling unemployment in the area.

Sunday, 8th July 2018, 6:58 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 6:44 pm

A total of 13 students from Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent graduated from a two-week course run by Wates Residential '“ which provided basic construction training.

Each of the participants received a BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Construction and Health and Safety.

Mayor of Gosport Cllr Diane Furlong and Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage were on hand for the closing ceremony at Town Hall.

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Cllr Furlong said: '˜'It was a pleasure to meet the young people who undertook the two-week training course with Wates and Ixion.

'˜They came away with certificates for what they had achieved and were all very enthusiastic about looking towards their futures. 

'˜This kind of programme gives both the young, and those maybe slightly older, who have not been in formal work for a while, a great opportunity to gain confidence and boost self-esteem.

'˜It also gets them out into the workplace with more confidence than they may have had previously.

'˜This is a great opportunity and the smiling faces of the young people were testament to the success of the venture.'

Paul Nicholls, managing director of Wates Residential South, said: '˜We are incredibly proud of the 13 students who graduated from our Gosport Building Futures course on Friday.

'˜Their ambition to learn new skills is testament to their determination to kick-start their careers and we are confident that each of them will go on to do whatever they set their minds to.