Category Archives: Success Stories

You’re Hired! How one man crowdfunded his way out of homelessness

Joe and Beam Manager

In August 2017, Joe, who had been homeless and unemployed for over a decade, made his first step towards changing his life and joined Beam – a social impact business which uses crowdfunding to help homeless people train up and get into work.

Joe had worked in construction previously, but needed an additional qualification to get the career job he wanted. So, with an online campaign, he raised £1,132 from 19 supporters in just 5 days to fund slinger signaller training and the equipment he would need.

Joe in training
Joe in training 

Today, with the help of Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) and our specialist job brokerage BuildLondon, Joe is working in his first job since 2003for one of the largest construction labour suppliers, VGC Group, on the Northern Line extension in London.

Chris Dransfield, Programme Director of BuildLondon, commented:

“We’re delighted to have played a part in supporting Joe into work with one of our contractor partners, VGC. Our aim at BuildLondon, in partnership with the DWP and construction companies, is to improve the visibility of and access to, jobs and training opportunities on major construction projects across the Capital. Collaboration with innovative organisations such as BEAM is critical to improving the success of what we do, and we look forward to supporting more BEAM members into careers in the construction sector”

joe in the site office
Joe in the site office

To find out more about our work in the construction sector, please contact us jobs@buildlondon.org

New Recruits on Tideway

At BuildLondon we continually work with Contractors, Developers and Planning Authorities to support local candidates find work on, and develop career pathways through, on local construction sites.

On the Tideway project, all three main works joint ventures (FLO, CVB, BMB) recently sponsored a bespoke Pre-employment programme, funded by the CITB, which includes 4 weeks of training to attain a CSCS card and other construction tickets, plus one week of site based work experience placement and a guaranteed interview.

The BuildLondon team supported the development and delivery of three assessment days, one for each contract, to which all the candidates applying for the opportunity were invited. Each of these assessment days included: Information about the Tideway Project, Group and Individual activities, Literacy & Numeracy evaluations, Drugs and Alcohol screening and an interview with a hiring manager, for positions on each one of the Tideway sites such as General Operatives and Traffic Marshals among others.

In total there were 150 applicants, and the assessment days were attended by 40 applicants, resulting in 21 candidates being selected to start the pre-employment training, to date 13 have achieved a Work Experience Placement and 7 are now awaiting jobs starts, we wish them all the very best in their new roles.

Tideway Central Assessment day at South Thames College
Graham, Olayinka & Eroll during their Work Experience Placements on site.