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Chameleon would welcome a UK skills revolution

When the Queen announced in her speech at the State Opening of Parliament yesterday that the Government is planning to overhaul the skills training sector, it certainly got our attention. That’s because we have known for years that the UK has a huge skills shortage, especially in the construction industry. Our Diploma courses in Plastering,…


Jason’s story: How Chameleon are supporting the NHS

We were asked recently if we could think of a good news story for an education sector newsletter.  The good work our Operations Director, Jason, did during the early days of the pandemic is just the sort of thing they were after.  Here’s his story: Although educational settings are remaining open during Lockdown 2.0, that…


Can’t find an apprenticeship? Don’t let that hold you back.

At Chameleon School of Construction, we focus mainly on delivering full-time diploma courses rather than apprenticeship training, but why is that? To answer that, you need to understand what is meant by the word apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is a form of learning that is available to anyone aged over 16 who is no longer in…


Chameleon comments on Employers and Education report into careers guidance

We were very interested to read a report issued by the charity Employers and Education yesterday, which you can read here: https://www.educationandemployers.org/disconnected/ The report supports our long-held belief that the system in this country does not do enough to encourage young people to make informed choices that lead to a long-term rewarding career in sectors where…


Your Country Needs You…..to join the construction workforce!

Society is full of unsung heroes, but after the release this week of a new report by housing charity Shelter there is a strong argument for adding the construction worker to that list. The report by the charity has laid bare the severity of the “housing crisis” facing the country, a crisis it says can…


Angelica and Jason take to the airwaves

Angelica and Jason Duncan were given an unusual opportunity to spread the word about their work at Chameleon School of Construction when they were invited to be this week’s special guests on the popular Mansfield Radio show A Day In The Life Of…….. As well as getting to play six of their favourite songs, Angelica…


Chameleon join forces to help ex-service personnel

At Chameleon School of Construction we are passionate about helping people from all different backgrounds to take their first steps towards a new career. We recently partnered with an organisation called Subby Jobs in an effort to help one such group of people.  The Subby Veterans Initiative was set up in order to help military…


Chameleon learners visit construction sites during Open Doors Week

As part of Open Doors Week during 19-23 March, an initiative designed to encourage construction as a career, we were able to arrange for our learners to visit some live construction sites. The work experience they gained is an important part of their development and we were very grateful to the construction companies who worked…


A fantastic start to the year at Chameleon

We were busy recruiting for new learners over the Christmas and New Year holiday.  The uptake has been amazing at all 3 centres Swadlincote, South Derbyshire; Burton on Trent Staffordshire and Barlborough our Chesterfield centre. Chameleon have welcomed learners of all ages to our centres.  It is fabulous to know that so many people are…


Welcome to our new blog

Welcome to our new blog where we will update readers on our learners progress throughout the year.  Look out for both construction news and what is happening at Chameleon School of Construction.