Young people looking to get into construction have been given a boost by Portsmouth City Council.

Director of Regeneration Tristan Samuels has handed achievement certificates to thirteen local 16 to 30-year-olds who completed a Get Into Construction course sponsored by the Princes Trust.

Tristan said the two-week multi skills introduction to construction course had been a huge success: "The course was a brilliant way to give people that first step into the industry.

"The programme was designed and delivered by our employment experts at PCMI who provided specific Construction Skills Certification Scheme training, arranged the official testing and so were able to hand official CSCS cards to 13 of the people who completed the course."

A two week work experience placement followed for the successful participants. The work experience posts were provided by the following host employers:

  • Mountjoy
  • Comserve
  • Crayfern Homes
  • Feltham Construction
  • PMC construction
  • BAM construction (at the council's award-winning Dunsbury Park business development)

Cllr Ben Dowling, cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development, said: "We do everything we can to help young people in Portsmouth into the industries we support.

"The construction industry offers great employment and skills opportunities and we have the expertise to help people to access those opportunities so we will continue to work hard to upskill local young people and to give them the contacts they need."