On 26th September 2022, Godfrey Burke (Practice Manager) and Caroline McEvoy (Senior Education and Employment Officer) of Luton Youth Partnership Service, welcomed Natasha Heritage and Harvel Gordon, from JTL, to the YPS offices in Cardiff Road, Luton; to officially recognise the relationship between YPS, Wilmott-Dixon and JTL.
In particular, the meeting was arranged to acknowledge the outstanding lengths that Mr Gordon (JTL Employability Trainer) previously went to, that enabled a young person to succeed in obtaining his first ever formal qualification via the JTL Traineeship programme. This was a considerable achievement, given this particular young person faced a whole host of barriers that could have led to him failing and not completing the training course. Credit was given for the innovative ways in which Mr Gordon engaged this young person that helped him to achieve a Level 1 Award in Health and Safety. This has paved the way for the young person to study for the Construction Industry Training Boards Operatives Test, where it is hoped he will be ready to sit this, in the near future.
Mr Burke thanked Mr Gordon and his manager, Mrs Heritage, for helping to achieve the objectives of the YPS Platform 1 Initiative. Platform 1 aims to address and overcome barriers to success, by working with providers who can offer individual approaches to fit the needs of each young person, which also happens to match the LBC Core Values of being Collaborative, Ambitious, Respectful, Empowering and Supportive.
Wilmott-Dixon and JTL have most certainly done their best, to offer a truly wonderful opportunity for Luton young people to gain a recognised qualification and industry-related work experience, which gives successful participants a real chance of gaining paid employment within the Construction sector.
Luton Youth Partnership Service, Wilmott-Dixon and JTL look forward to working together with the next 10 week Traineeship, starting on 10th October 2022.