TEN Hattersley and Mottram residents are celebrating after passing their Construction Skills Certification Scheme exam (CSCS) thanks to help from Peak Valley Housing Association.

The free-five-day CSCS course took place last week, which provides the card holder with proof that they have required training and qualifications to work on-site.

The training was hosted at the Hub off Stockport Road, and was made possible thanks to a partnership between Peak Valley, Tameside MBC and Barrett’s, funded by their employment & training fund created through land sales back in 2007.

The course was delivered by NSPP Vocational Training, which saw 10 residents receive their card on the day, opening the door to a range of on-site opportunities in the construction industry.

Craig O’Reilly aged 32, from Hattersley said: “I’m made up. I’ve got a CSCS card and I’m on a plastering course for 13 weeks starting Monday. I’m buzzing. Thanks very much to you guys for doing this.”

Course Organiser and Community Development Officer Sam Cooper, said, “The course has been a great success, we intend to continue our support to help match those who passed the CSCS test with local construction businesses and are looking to not only provide more CSCS opportunities but experiment with other industry standard courses.”

The Hub is now running a range of skills courses including food hygiene and level 1 English, Maths and IT.  If you would like to learn more please email:                                                      or telephone 0161 366 3933.