Online – Construction Pathway Course

Step One: Safety First

Whether you are applying for an advertised role or speaking directly to employers you would like to work for, one of the best ways to stand out from other people is to show your commitment to working safely in construction.

If you do not have any health and safety training qualifications then one option (though not essential) is to boost your C.V. by doing one of the following.

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1:  Achieving an online qualification 
Courses start from as little as £12 and can be completed in your own home, at your own pace. Below are examples of training providers and we recommend either Asbestos Awareness, Manual Handling or Safely Working at Height as a starting point.

>  Commodious Training 
>  Chartered Institute of Builders
>  Cornwall Training & Consultancy

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2:  Volunteering with Omni-Build
If funds are limited and you’re keen to make a positive difference in your community, then by volunteering with us you will receive an Omni-Build Safety Awareness certificate that will both prepare you for site and boost your C.V!

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3:  Gain your CSCS Labourer’s Card
If the company you want to work for carries out large construction projects there is a very good chance that you will need a CSCS Labourer Card.  However, if a company only works for the general public then they often do not require you to have a CSCS card to work on site.

There are many ways to get this card, the simplest requires you to attend a one day Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. Typical cost of training £150*.

Cornwall Training & Consultancy  –  St Austell
>  CTC South West  –  Redruth
>  JNC Safety Services  –  Truro

Once you have complete the training day you are required to sit the Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) test costing £21*.

And finally… you then apply for your CSCS Labourer’s Card which costs an additional £36*.

*If you are unemployed, receive income support or additional help from a community-based support provider you may be eligible to apply for funding.

Looking to apply for a CSCS card? 

The following video runs you through the stages required to obtain your Labourer’s (Green) card.

A note on CSCS Cards: – although not required by law, the majority of large scale construction companies will require you to have a CSCS card to entre site. This is because they want to be assured that the risk of you harming yourself or others has been minimised.

That said, the majority of small to medium size companies, such as local builders or tradespeople etc will not require you to have a CSCS Card and we would advise you to contact these types of companies to begin with.

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