Live Train was created to provide local people with the skills and opportunities to get work in the construction and maintenance industry. Through a focus on site-based training, the programme enables apprentices to experience the reality of the industry first hand before they make a commitment to a full-time role in employment.

Rydon has partnered with SDP Solutions to deliver Live Train through 12-week programmes to groups of 10 apprentices. The programme is run three times a year and comprises an eight-week course at Anchor House, an award-winning life skills centre in East London, followed by the students being placed out on to a site into a live construction environment.

Live Train provides people from all walks of life to progress to a fulfilling, long term career.

Working locally for Metropolitan Housing Group on the Ashmole Estate in South London, a trade taster day was held for potential apprentices from the estate and across Lambeth to get a sense of the activities that would be covered in the 12-week programme as well as the opportunity to try their hand at various trades.

Workshops included plastering, carpentry, decorating, plumbing and bricklaying, as well as opportunities throughout the day to learn about Health & Safety, obtaining their CSCS qualification and quizzing the tutors on what they know!

On completion of the course, Live Train remains on hand to offer graduates advice and guidance on the next steps in their career and to help them find and secure the right employment opportunity or work placement for them through SDP Solutions, Rydon or through its supply chain.

“What Live Train does is to give people the opportunity to learn trade skills, get formally qualified and gain exposure to a national contractor and its supply chain. This is a scheme that will make a long-term difference to people’s lives and we are excited to have the 10 apprentices on board as part of our work on the Ashmole Estate.” Steve Blake, Refurbishment Director.

Rydon has been working on the Ashmole Estate to deliver internal and external upgrade works to 700 properties. It is installing new kitchens, bathrooms, double-glazed windows and a new district heating system. Externally it is overcladding the two tower blocks. Work will be delivered in two phases over the next five years and started on site in September 2011.