In partnership with WEA Scotland, Fife Council and Clackmannanshire Council – Dundee City Council announced a new programme to provide construction training for refugees. This project is funded by the Scottish Government’s New Scot’s Refugee Integration Fund and the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. The purpose of this project is to provide refugees with a new start using their already established skills in the training programmes to prepare them for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme’s Operative Test which will allow them to work on sites in the UK. 

The training was delivered by Arbroath based IED Training Solutions Ltd, in partnership with Dundee City Council. IED coached and mentored the highly skilled ‘New Scots’ to provide them with some of the essential training courses required in order to get a kick start into the construction industry. The individuals partook in this multiple day course, where interpreters were provided, in order to guarantee the greatest chance of success by eliminating language barriers.  Three of the individuals received their Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) approved and regulated Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Workers course certificates. 

Despite being in the pilot phase, the first training session was a huge success with new cohorts attending further training sessions during October 2022 and beyond. Successful learners will be further helped through the process of assisting them to secure employment in this field. 

IED are incredibly proud to be involved in this program, helping refugees create a new start for themselves and their families by providing them with the training they require to get a kick start into the workplace and society in general.