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WAES offers an employment-focused programme to enable individuals to access work in the construction sector, delivered in partnership with AEET. This sector is the most buoyant it has ever been and is set to grow over the next 10 years. To work in the sector the important CSCS card is required and the training we provide not only prepares you for work, but will also allow you to take the CSCS exam as part of the training (including a resit, if required). At the end of the programme, employers will engage with you to explain the roles they have on offer and to encourage you to apply.


Level 1 BTEC Introductory Certificate in Construction
Lantra Exam

Forthcoming start dates:

  • 16/01/2023
  • 20/02/2023
  • 20/03/2023
  • 17/04/2023
  • 15/05/2023
  • 12/06/2023

Entry requirements:

  • Older than 19 at 31/08/2022
  • Unemployed and claiming benefits
  • UK/EEA national or resident in the UK for that last 3 years.

Learner requirements:

  • All learners must have good English reading / writing / speaking skills
  • Be fully committed to attending all Zoom meetings / one-to-one sessions with their trainer each day to get all the information that they need
  • Must be IT literate
  • Must have access to the internet and a laptop or computer in order to undertake learning online.


Beth O’Connell – Apprenticeships and Employability Co-ordinator

Quality Mark

WAES has also been awarded a Mayor's Skills Academies Quality Mark for Construction, recognising its high-quality provision that helps equip Londoners with the skills they need to get into good work in priority sectors.

Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) has been awarded the Mayor’s Construction Academy Quality Mark. This identifies and recognises the high-quality construction skills training provided by WAES. This Quality Mark has been awarded as WAES has shown they are addressing the industry skills needs, providing quality in terms of the curriculum and have routes to employment and links with employers. The MCA Quality Mark is reviewed each year to ensure quality is maintained.

The MCA programme aims to:

  • Improve the supply of skilled construction workers required by the sector and thereby create more opportunities for Londoners to benefit from the available work opportunities in the construction industry
  • Scale-up and extend what initiatives are already working well across the capital to train Londoners in the skills they need to enter into and progress in careers in the construction sector
  • Intensify local engagement, particularly between SMEs and construction skills training providers
  • Support the development of training provision for the construction of precision-manufactured housing in London.

Benefit to Employers
The Quality Mark shows WAES offers excellent construction skills provision and has a proven track-record of working with employers (both large and SME) to ensure the curriculum is responsive to employer needs. Our MCA Quality Mark shows that we are giving learners industry-relevant, employability and work readiness skills to hit the ground running once on site.

Benefit to learners
The Quality Mark shows that WAES ensures that learners from all walks of life are receiving high-quality industry-relevant training, have clear routes into employment and strong links with employers in the construction sector.


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