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Building partnership to help jobless youngsters

Carillion has teamed up with the Prince's Trust in a project to address the skills shortage in the building trade while training unemployed young people.

Around 14 men and women aged between 18 and 24 will take part in the first scheme on Carillion's Square development site in Castlegate in Sheffield, learning new skills such as bricklaying, paving and preparing building materials.

The two-week course will earn them the Construction Skills Certificate, allowing them to get paid work on a building site at the end of the fortnight.

In Sheffield the scheme has also been supported by the Construction and Business Services group, a collaboration of industry and business leaders to help plug the skills gap.

Project manager on The Square Peter Galley said: "As part of such a large organisation like Carillion it is great to see so many different businesses working together to offer people the opportunity to train and gain experience on one of our sites."

Prince's Trust workers hope to train at least 150 young people in Sheffield alone over the next three years and are looking for support in other cities so that the scheme can be extended across the region.

Prince's Trust regional director for Yorkshire Peter Branson said: "This programme offers young people the opportunity to learn vital trade skills while improving their confidence and broadening their horizons.

"It is also an outstanding example of the power of partnership between the private sector and the voluntary sector in helping to change the lives of young people in our region."

The Prince's Trust was set up by Prince Charles in 1976 and has since helped more than 500,000 young people.