Buy Social recently coordinated a site visit for Craft Training to the construction of Translink’s Transport Hub. This is one of the major construction works taking place in Derry/Londonderry and the main contractor is Farrans’ Construction.
Craft Training works with young people, offering a number of training opportunities to learn new skills and gain qualifications so that young people can get ahead in their career. Craft Training brought a group of young men from the city who are interested in working in the construction industry to visit Farrans’ construction site.
The construction project will include the refurbishment of Translink’s Grade B-listed Waterside Train Station as a sustainable, multi-modal transport hub, which will include an Active Travel Centre, a greenway link to the city centre via the iconic Peace Bridge, a new park and ride facility and a bus turning circle. Representing an investment of around £27m, funding has been secured from the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
“Farrans were delighted to deliver our bespoke Employability Skills and Careers in Construction workshop to young people through Craft Training, who are pursuing careers within the construction industry. The workshop was delivered at the site offices, and then the young people availed of a site tour by Farrans’ Project Manager. This gave them a real insight into what it is like to work on a large construction project.”
Craft Training report that the young men found the site visit very informative and said that the organisation is keen to work with construction companies:
“It’s a very important role that we take very seriously in assisting and supporting construction companies, such as Farrans, to fulfil their Buy Social and apprenticeship requirements.”
Two young men were offered employment with subcontractors as a result of the site visit.