Introduction to Construction Skills Course: Jonathan Chalmers

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Before joining one of our partnership ‘Introduction to Construction Skills’ courses, Jonathan was unemployed & felt desperate about the lack of help provided by the benefits system. 

I had worked in Construction but needed a string of hospital visits and was unable to secure a job through my normal channels. I was enrolled onto an ‘Introduction to Construction Skills’ 10 day online programme delivered by Cidori partners Barnet and Southgate College.”


Whilst the course provided the certificates to return to work, I wasn’t sure if Cidori would take the final step and introduce me to a potential employer. However, Cidori are clearly an end-to-end provider of support from the desperation of unemployment to the security of a job. It is a shame that their diligence could not be instilled in the mainstream unemployment infrastructure.


When the course ended Jonathan passed his CSCS test – Cidori work coach Victoria then referred him to one of our employer partners – Taylor Wimpey, who introduced Jonathan to their subcontractor, Laser Electrical where Jonathan is now happily employed full time.

I enjoyed being a part of a group of students, and knowing that the Barnet Southgate College course was taking me to the destination I desired – the offer of a job came out of the blue and my new employer is very pleased with me. Cidori are how employment help should be – the only organisation that has really helped me – that has really tried. I am so grateful for the effort the Cidori – Barnet Southgate College partnership has put in my behalf.”


Like all Construction Skills candidates, Jonathan has come away with:

  • Level 1 Certificate of Introduction to Construction
  • Level 1 Award in Health & Safety in a Construction Environment
  • Level 1 Awards in Securing Employment & Personal Social Skills
  • 5 year CSCS Green Card

Congratulations to Jonathan on landing the job – he was a pleasure to teach! Jonathan was enthusiastic & eager to learn. His commitment was evident across classroom activities and all course work and targets were met. I am confident that Jonathan’s skills and abilities would be an asset to any organisation.

Obi Salloo – Barnet and Southgate College Tutor

Level 1 Construction Skills (CSCS)


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