Brandon Sharp

Name of delivery partner: Matthews and Leigh
Name of participant: Brandon Sharp

How did Brandon hear about the programme?

Brandon found out about the programme via Jobcentre Plus in Chorley

Behind the scenes

Brandon was looking to secure full time work in an industry that he has was interested in and construction was one of the options he was exploring. To secure employment in construction, Brandon needed to attend some training that would help bridge a gap in the tools, knowledge and skills he had to obtain sustainable employment in the industry.

The project was set up to start in March 2017 by Matthews and Leigh and funded by the ESF Access to Employment programme.

Brandon’s journey

Brandon had been unemployed for approximately three years before joining the programme. Prior to this Brandon had attended Blackburn College doing a bricklaying course but decided this wasn’t the route in construction that he wanted to take.

He explored other jobs in construction and decided that groundwork was the route he wanted to take. Brandon heard of the apprenticeship available via the Jobcentre in Chorley and applied.

Barriers Brandon had to overcome

When he applied to the project, Brandon needed to obtain a CSCS card and gain some experience to help him secure the apprenticeship.

What interventions and actions did the project undertake with Brandon?

Brandon wanted to go on to a Construction apprenticeship but did not have the necessary tools, awareness or experience to achieve this himself.

The project offered Brandon an opportunity to attend a Health and Safety Awareness course and pass a CITB Health, Safety and Environment test which are needed to obtain a CSCS card. These cards are needed for workers to access construction sites and having a valid card would enhance Brandon’s chances of securing an apprenticeship.

To further enhance his chances of securing the apprenticeship, the project offered Brandon a chance to learn more about working in construction, what is involved in particular roles and apprenticeships. The project also offered insights to what employers are looking for in their workers and in final interviews. This intervention prepared Brandon for working in construction.

Brandon was also offered a three week work placement to gain experience of working in construction and strengthen his chances of securing an apprenticeship.

How has Brandon benefited from being involved?

Brandon passed the Health and Safety Awareness course and the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test and a CSCS card was issued for Brandon. The CSCS card and the knowledge and skills Brandon learnt whilst on programme enabled him to secure an apprenticeship with a local employer.

Matthews and Leigh Civil Engineering Ltd offered Brandon a position on a level 2 Apprenticeship in Construction Operations. This commenced on April 2017. Brandon remains on programme today and is progressing well.

The apprenticeship is delivered in partnership with Preston’s College and Matthews and Leigh Training Ltd. Brandon’s tutor states ‘Brandon is a good student and is progressing well on programme.’

What skills has Brandon learned?

Brandon is now happy that he is in the job that he wants to do.

Brandon has developed his knowledge of the structure of the industry, Health and Safety, concreting, flagging, drainage and insulation and uses these skills in the workplace regularly.

Brandon completed the programme in summer 2018 and is now an established member of the construction team. Brandon hasn’t looked back and is thriving!

What are the Brandon’s future plans?

Brandon has recently obtained his CPCS card for Dumper and Roller. He also wants to do a Confined Space course to help him do more tasks on site.

What Brandon had to say about the programme?

Brandon feels his career is progressing well and he has learnt a lot in last 15 months, more than he expected!