Building Skills Initiative
From the very beginning, The Wee House Company has recognised the importance for businesses to create a positive social impact.
The Building Skills Initiative is run as a partnership between The Wee House Company, Hope Homes and East Ayrshire Council. The initiative enables us to educate and involve young people through hands-on training, alongside our own experienced craftsmen. We feel that this is vital to aiding regeneration and ensuring sustainability in local areas.
The Building Skills Initiative began life as the Knockroon Enterprise Initiative, a partnership with East Ayrshire Council which promoted the training of twelve fifth year pupils from Auchinleck and Cumnock Academies, over the course of a school year. Following the success of this initial project, the Building Skills Initiative was created to further advance this into a full-scale training programme for young people.
So, what training do our young people receive?
The Building Skills Initiative is there to complement the existing education that our students receive in school. By working alongside skilled craftsmen, they not only gain first-hand experience of many trades, from joinery to plumbing, but also develop the skills and attitudes that help to ready them for the world of work. To say, at the age of 16 or 17, that you have built a complete house, from start to finish, can really give students a great feeling of accomplishment.
Building on feedback from our previous initiative, we will now be including presentation skills development in all of our training programmes. We feel that it is imperative for our students to be able to convey the experience and skills that have learned, in the best possible way, when being considered for jobs. The students will learn first-hand, from local employers, how to impress on C.V.s and in interviews.
It is our mission to make this training available to as many young people as possible, throughout Scotland.