Live Train is an initiative developed by SDP Training Solutions which gives unemployed people the skills and experience required to start a sustainable career in the construction industry.
It is working closely with the London Borough of Newham and Anchor House, a hostel and life skills centre for single homeless people.
Live Train takes its name from SDP Training Solutions’ founders’ belief that training in a live environment is the best way for people to learn.
The judges called this an “exemplar scheme” that demonstrates a commitment to developing local labour and to work within the community, and were particularly impressed by the founders’ personal financial investment into the scheme.
An effective pathway to a permanent job
Live Train’s success is measured by how many trainees enter a permanent job as a result of being on the course – this can also be outside the construction industry.
“The judges called Live Train an ‘exemplar scheme’ that demonstrates a commitment to developing local labour”
At the time of entering the Specialists Awards, half of the 2012 summer course intake had secured full-time employment and the remainder were awaiting suitable positions through an employment agency. One has even gone on to work as a trainee site manager with Rydon.
The programme deliberately targets unemployed people of any age or gender to an initial trade taster day.
Candidates are invited to try different trades to help them understand the work involved and they are then interviewed before being selected to join the programme. All trainees end the course with a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.
Collaboration with Rydon to provide practical training
With main contractor Rydon, Newham Council and Anchor House, the company devised a training programme which has resulted in it operating two 12-week long training courses.
“The initiative has not only improved livelihoods, but has enabled SDP Training Solutions to grow”
Rydon had been carrying out a major refurbishment programme on the Ashmole Estate in the London Borough of Lambeth for the housing services provider Metropolitan, so many of the trainees on last summer’s 12-week programme came from the estate.
The estate also forms the focus of the scheme’s onsite experience. The initiative has not only improved livelihoods, it has also enabled SDP Training Solutions to grow and strengthen its relationship with clients and communities.
Live Train was initially funded by SDP Training Solutions, but has since secured funding from Rydon and Metropolitan to run the summer course.