Helping Hands Taste what it’s Like to Work on a Building Site

Providing construction work placements for Nottingham’s vulnerable community.
We’re delighted to announce that we have hired eight work experience placements this week.

Since Monday, six Framework Helping Hands candidates have been helping out on various construction sites across the company with the two remaining candidates due to help out our plumbing subcontractors, Miller Freeman & Sons next month.

During the two-week placements, the participants will have a chance to taste a career in construction whilst learning new skills, helping them to gain future employment.

Farah Khan, Helping Hands Employment Solution Consultant, said: “We are delighted that Robert Woodhead has provided the opportunity for our candidates to undertake an invaluable two-week professional placement, which will enhance their skills and job opportunities.

“Robert Woodhead has been very accommodating and professional in making this recruitment process smooth and organised and we look forward to working with them on future employment opportunities”

Helping Hands is a personalised one-to-one service, supporting vulnerable people with mental health problems to gain the skills needed to secure employment. Services include:

  • access to courses which are relevant for work
  • confidence building
  • advice on how to manage your mental health problems at work
  • help with completing application forms and CV preparation
  • interview advice and practice
  • debt and benefits advice.

Teresa Westwood, Robert Woodhead Ltd HR Manager, added: “We’ve been looking forward to having Helping Hands on site and hope they enjoy their construction experience. Despite industry cuts in training and apprenticeships, we’re committed to providing valuable construction experience to vulnerable and young people.”

The initiative comes before 19 construction students, from Dukeries College in Ollerton, visit the company’s Hick’s Lodge Cycle Centre construction site in Ashby de la Zouch next month.

Robert Woodhead currently has two young apprentices from Dukeries College and Ashfield School in Kirkby-in- Ashfield and is appointing a further three young apprentices in March.

For more information on Helping Hands please visit or call FREEPHONE 0800 111 4262.