Open Road’s foundations as a training provider are in the mechanical engineering sector but the charity’s service provision is now complemented
by a brand new construction industries workshop.

Bricklaying, plastering, rendering, floor laying and carpentry skills are among the training options available and aiming to equip trainees with the skills they need to find work within the building sector.

The construction industries workshop is headed up by Mark Atkinson. When he left school in 1987 he began working in construction as a trainee draughtsman at a structural engineering practice in King’s Lynn.

From there he moved to an architectural practice where he gained a number of formal qualifications including BTEC and HNC Building Studies.

He explained: “These qualifications opened more opportunities for me. I joined a housing association based in Peterborough as a Technical Development Officer and I was later
promoted to Senior Technical Officer/Clerk of Works. Outside of work he likes to design and build “pretty much anything”, including scale models.

Despite the interest in miniatures Mark is thinking big and looking forward to helping youngsters get qualified and learn the skills he has attained so they can take their place working in the building industry.