Jon is a Newydd tenant and has recently earned a CSCS card. He sat down with Jackie Holly, one of our community regeneration officers specialising in employment and training, and discussed his achievement and what lies ahead.
Jackie: Congratulation, Jon! You’ve passed your CSCS card exam today, what is CSCS and how will this card help you with your career?
Jon: Thanks Jackie. CSCS stands for Construction Skills Certification Scheme. It’s a recognised qualification used all over the UK. The card shows potential employers that I’m competent in all matters of health and safety, and therefore not a hazard to have on site. The CSCS training looks at the correct equipment I should be using, but also how to use it safely. It covers manual handling, risk assessments, substances that may be hazardous to health, working at height and more. The card covers everything that I really should be aware of to ensure the safety of myself and others in the construction industry.
Jackie: How did you hear about this CSCS course?
Jon: My friends, Tom and Dafydd, finished the course with Newydd a little while back and they both encouraged me to do the same. I got in touch and because I’m a Newydd tenant, I got a priority place, which was great.
Jackie: I remember you emailing me, actually! So what are you up to at the moment?
Jon: I’m in my first year of a level one painting and decorating course at Coleg y Cymoedd. It’s a very intense course and I need to know about the technical side of the trade, it’s not just painting and decorating. Once I finish the first year, I’ll be looking to get an apprenticeship where I can get out of the classroom once a week and get real experience. I’ll be getting in touch with Newydd again for that!
Jackie: Would you like to do work experience with Newydd?
Jon: Definitely! I’d love to! It will allow me to add valuable experience to my CV, which will be essential when looking for jobs.
Jackie: You mentioned doing more qualifications through Newydd, what would you like to do?
Jon: I would love to do asbestos awareness, COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health), manual handling and first aid at work. By getting these qualifications, I can build a strong CV to send to potential employers. Newydd communicated with the college on my behalf and arranged an authorised absence so I could do the CSCS course. This has helped me massively, as I know if I need to complete a course in the future, I could be excused again.
Jackie: So where do you see yourself in three years’ time?
Jon: I’d love to have completed an apprenticeship and be working on-site with a contractor or with Newydd.
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