We are playing a key role in the launch of a new construction centre which aims to create 400 skilled workers by training the unemployed.
A ¬£650,000 Government grant has been secured by a consortium of local businesses, known as the Marches Construction Ready Partnership, to get the project off the ground. The aim is to introduce around 400 skilled construction workers to the Marches area by training the long-term unemployed, students and people looking to make a career change into the construction industry.
The initiative will see a construction manufacturing hub based in Telford, where learners will be taught key construction and offsite manufacturing skills needed.
Graham Guest, our principal and chief executive said, “We provide opportunities for learning across a whole range of subjects every day and we are really excited to be part of this project working with local employers to help provide the skills for individuals to enter the construction industry. At Telford College we will be working with learners on their employability skills during the work ready module, which will complement the hands-on skills that they will move on to.”
Gill Hamer, director of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership which supported the funding bid, said: “This scheme will help boost our economy, create employment opportunities and offer a new route into the construction industry for anyone wishing to develop their skills.”
Funding for this project comes from the Construction Skills Fund which aims to create 20 training hubs around the country. The 18-month scheme is funded by the Department for Education administered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
Leadership team of the Marches Construction Ready Partnership. (L to R) Ed Thomas (Wrekin Housing Trust – WHT), Graham Reynolds (Telford College), Les Evans (WHT), Phil Taylor (Landau Ltd), Sonia Roberts (Landau Ltd), Eve Johnson (Telford College), Martin Rinvolucri (Beattie Passive), David Wells (WHT), Matt Bourne (Hawk Safety & Training).