My son took part in the Build-it scheme during the summer of 2014, and I wanted to write to let you know what a good service this is. He didn’t get the AS level results he was hoping for and had to leave school with no A levels. Build-it gave him a sense of purpose, taught him new skills, helped him develop a routine, work as part of a team and be more motivated. It also sent him on courses where he got the opportunity to try his hand at aspects of the building trade that were new to him. He gained qualifications as well as a CSCS card, which gave him confidence as well as certificates.

The Build-it staff were very supportive and helpful, in particular Julia Walker, who regularly sent him emails with training opportunities. As a result of her suggestions, he is now an apprentice engineer. University is not for everyone, and we need more skilled workers. I am positive about any initiative which encourages young people into the manual trades.