Wates Building Futures programme has been running for two weeks at the Kirkstall Forge project in Leeds. Kirkstall Forge is a pioneering new neighbourhood in Leeds at a cost of £400m +. The event is organised by Wates with Ixion providing the training. The first week of the programme is based on trade taster sessions and took place on site at Kirkstall Forge.

The second week involved some different activities including a site visit day, a mock interview day and a community project day.  O'Neill and Brennan's Gary Kelly supported the event by helping with mock interviews with all the candidates, so they can gain experience, tactics and confidence for future interviews.

The candidates were exposed to different aspects of working in construction, gaining valuable experience and also being put through their HS&E test to attain their CSCS Cards. We're confident in the near future that O'Neill and Brennan will be able to place these candidates on Wates projects and other projects with our clients giving them a sound starting point for a career in construction.

About Building Futures: (Source -

‘Supporting young people to raise their aspirations and skills by engaging with schools, colleges and universities. We want to attract more young people to work in this exciting sector.

Providing training and employment opportunities for those marginalised from the workplace.

Building sustainable local economies through our trade and investment with SMEs and the social enterprise sector.

Our people are the face of Wates and everyone plays their part in supporting our community engagement agenda. Annually our community week provides a great opportunity for teams across the UK to come together and give something back to their local community. We also support our employees by providing 16 hours paid time for people to volunteer locally.

We have strong partnerships in place to support our activities. Our partnerships with organisations like Wates Giving, Social Enterprise UK, Business in the Community, Prince’s Trust, Ixion Holdings and Career Ready enable us to focus on the areas and activities that will deliver the most impact to the local community.’