Building Brighter Futures

Building Brighter Futures is an eight week employability course in Edinburgh for young people who are interested in careers in construction, including carpentry and joinery.

The Building Brighter Futures course is suitable for young people who are 16-21 years old and at stages 1 and 2 of the Strategic Skills Pipeline.

What young people can gain

SQA Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

SQA Core Skills

SQA Employability Award

Practical work experience

Certified manual handling training

CSCS Green Labourer Card

CV and mock interview practice

Support to take next training or employment steps

"I mostly enjoyed the manual handling but the course was great."

Young person who completed our Building Brighter Futures course

Frazer's story

Frazer was able to gain several employment-focused SQA qualifications, practical work experience, and his CSCS Green Labourer Card through our Building Brighter Futures course. He also benefitted from several CV building support sessions with our team.

The process of achieving a CSCS card can be complicated, so Frazer valued the staff from Move On “helping each step of the way.” He says, “I wouldn’t even know where to start getting the other qualification [SQA Health and Safety in a Construction Environment] independently!”

Since completing Building Brighter Futures, Frazer has secured a full-time position as a joiner. He says “Building Brighter Futures was the course that got me into work – suddenly I had something that could actually get me a job.”

Kai's story

Kai achieved qualifications, training, and practical work experience through our Building Brighter Futures course.

After completing the course, Kai secured a Community Jobs Scotland job in our Move On Wood Recycling social enterprise as a Development Worker. The role gave him the opportunity to further develop his skills and increase his confidence.

Kai says he “enjoys the hands on activities, being around other people and learning new skills. Working here also increases my confidence. It’s a great experience.”

After finishing his Community Jobs Scotland placement, Kai used his training and work experience to secure full-time employment with LEMAC, an electric motor manufacturer.


For more information, or to refer a young person, please contact Lisa on 0131 558 3740 or