Saying good-bye to a valued member of the team

Last week we had to say good-bye to Spencer – an inspirational volunteer who has helped many of our learners gain construction skills.


Before Groundwork, Spencer was unemployed for 12 months and struggling to find any work. He joined our free Building Craft Occupations (BCO) course wanting to refresh his skills and gain a CSCS card. Spencer excelled at this course and as soon as he finished, we asked him to come back as a volunteer to help other learners down in the basement (our dedicated indoor construction training area).

Spencer commented: “It has been a good experience being at Groundwork – learning new skills and then being given the opportunity to volunteer. The volunteering gave me knowledge of different skills that I could pass on to other BCO candidates on the course. It also gave me the opportunity to help the course tutors.”

The free Building Craft Occupations course equips learners with skills in plastering, joinery, plumbing, decorating and brickwork. As part of the 12-week course, participants also gain valuable employment advice including help with CVs and a CSCS Card – an essential requirement for anyone working on construction sites.

After completing over 8 months as a Groundwork volunteer, Spencer secured full-time employment at a manufacturer of security doors in Littleborough.

Spencer added: “Now I have gained employment my time at Groundwork has come to an end. It has inspired me to keep learning new skills and help others that need it. I hope there will be an opportunity to work for Groundwork in the future. All the staff have been really friendly and supportive. Keep up the good work you are doing at Groundwork!”

Spencer has been a great help to Groundwork. He has supported learners, passing on his skills, knowledge and experience to help them complete the course. We’re very sad to see him go but glad that he has used his experience to secure a job.

The next 12-week Building Craft Occupations course will start on Monday 23rd September with interviews taking place in early September. For more information contact Adele Palmer on 0161 624 1444 or email


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