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Kirkstall Forge

Forging Futures Campus - Kirkstall Forge

Forging Futures Campus

Forging Futures Campus

The Forging Futures Campus is our pioneering skills centre based at Kirkstall Forge. The Campus provides trade and professional apprenticeships, employability skills training courses as well as site visits and work experience for students and local people. We are proud partners with I-Consult Yorkshire, EN:Able Futures, Leeds College of Building, The Skill Mill and Mencap.

Our vision for the Forging Futures Campus is to help train Leeds’ future architects, bricklayers, civil engineers, joiners, plumbers and electricians through our apprenticeships and courses with hands-on work experience and mentoring support. Forging Futures Campus showcases a pool of talent in action, which has allowed businesses to be able to visit, monitor and select their apprentices.

Find out more about the current courses and skills initiatives that we are running below.

Employability Skills Course

Employability Skills Course at Forging Futures Campus

Employability Skills Course

The Forging Futures Campus runs an eight week Level 3 Employability Skills course with a current success rate of over 70% of those students going on to achieve employment, an apprenticeship or into further education. This impressive course can lead to further opportunities, improvements in employment prospects and access to further education in construction. There is also a chance for those taking the course to be put forward for a fully funded CSCS card test which will enhance future job prospects within the construction industry.

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Professional Apprenticeships

Professional Apprenticeships

Our two year professional apprenticeship programme provides candidates with a real range of skills and experience that you simply won’t find anywhere else.

Working in partnership with En:Able Futures, this apprenticeship offers candidates the opportunity to rotate through a number of leading companies in the construction and property industry such as CEG, Turner & Townsend & Arup, allowing you to gain both qualifications and work experience at the same time, providing a solid foundation to kick-start your chosen career in the property and construction industry.

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Forging Futures Campus Students

The Skill Mill

The Skill Mill with CEG's Jon Kenny

The Skill Mill

We have partnered with the Leeds branch of the social enterprise The Skill Mill since February 2016, providing work and training opportunities on-site at Kirkstall Forge for young people who have been involved with the Youth Offending Service.

The Skill Mill was established in Leeds following a successful pilot in the north east of England. We are proud to be involved with this unique, not for profit social enterprise which employs young people to carry out flood risk management, environmental, horticultural and watercourse management works.