Crisis to Construction
RMF are ready to take on the challenge of combating homelessness by working collaboratively with L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage Limited & Crisis to provide training and employment funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority.
According to research conducted by Dashed Hopes, Lives on Hold (2013) 88% of homeless people have previously had a job. Moreover, the vast majority of homeless people want to work but often face complex barriers to finding and staying in employment.
Both RMF & Lynch Plant Hire work in the construction industry and whilst changing the face of the built environment they both want to change the face of homelessness.
As a result, RMF and Lynch Plant Hire have created a training to employment programme that aims to tackle homelessness through training provided by RMF and employment through Lynch Plant Hire.
Candidates are referred to the programme by Crisis.
Crisis are a charity who support people out of homelessness for good. They do this through one to one support covering education, training and assistance with housing, employment and healthcare.
Candidates who were referred by Crisis attended an informal interview with Dara from RMF and Rob Lynch from Lynch Plant Hire to discuss their career aspirations and the opportunity at hand.
Individuals were selected who wanted to build a career in construction. The candidates will receive expert training by RMF using funding provided by the West Midlands Combined Authority. After each individual completes the course they will enter employment through Lynch Plant Hire.
The course is a 6 week advanced training programme which will provide the trainees with all the qualifications required to work on a construction site as well as providing adequate time for each individual to learn to operate machinery to a high level.
The qualifications included in the course are:
- Level 1 Health & Safety within a Construction Environment
- CSCS Card
- CPCS 360 Machine Operative
- CPCS Articulated Dumper Truck (ADT)
The training programme has been extended to ensure each candidate is able to be trained to the high standards that are required for major projects.
The project between RMF, Lynch Plant Hire and West Midlands Combined Authority marks the first step to achieving our long-term shared strategic vision of becoming a force for good in the industry by utilising the experience and expertise of one another.