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News: £1m hub to cre­ate more con­struc­tion jobs opens in Nottingham

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James Whybrow, Nick Murphy and Chris Grocock
James Whybrow, Nick Murphy and Chris Grocock

A project aimed at getting more people into construction, training and jobs in Nottingham was launched yesterday (4th July).​

Last year the Gov­ern­ment award­ed £1million in fund­ing to part­ners in Not­ting­ham to launch con­struc­tion acad­e­mies with Not­ting­ham College.

Part­ners from Not­ting­ham Col­lege, Not­ting­ham City Coun­cil, Not­ting­ham City Homes, Not­ting­ham Jobs, Not­ting­ham Futures, Wates Con­struc­tion and the Wood­head Group launched the Build­ing Skills for Con­struc­tion project on Thurs­day 4 July 2019.

The rib­bon cut­ting launch event at the Not­ting­ham Con­struc­tion Hub wel­comed 31 guests includ­ing con­struc­tion employ­ers to dis­cov­er what sup­port is avail­able. These acad­e­mies will bring train­ing to con­struc­tion sites — allow­ing learn­ers to apply their knowl­edge in a real-world environment.

All part­ners are work­ing togeth­er to deliv­er the project, which will sup­port 650 peo­ple aged 16 or above who are not cur­rent­ly work­ing in con­struc­tion by pro­vid­ing them the skills and train­ing that con­struc­tion employ­ers real­ly need.

The project is part of a nation­al ini­tia­tive called the Con­struc­tion Skills Fund (CSF) which is led by CITB and fund­ed by the Depart­ment for Edu­ca­tion. It aims to increase the num­ber of peo­ple trained in con­struc­tion, tack­le the skills short­age and help build the homes and infra­struc­ture Eng­land needs. Fund­ing in excess of £20 mil­lion has been award­ed to 26 projects in Eng­land to sup­port the devel­op­ment of con­struc­tion on-site train­ing hubs.

The Con­struc­tion Skills Hub in Not­ting­ham is based on a live train­ing envi­ron­ment oper­at­ed by Wates, who are build­ing the new Not­ting­ham Col­lege build­ing. The stu­dents in the skills hub over­look this new build from their class­room and they say that this inspires them to fol­low their pro­gramme of study as they are see­ing con­struc­tion skills in action.

Stu­dents on the course will also get to work on oth­er live con­struc­tion sites across the city. This includes help­ing to build 20 new homes in The Mead­ows on a CCS Ultra Site with Wood­head Group and Not­ting­ham City Homes.

Cours­es start­ed at the Con­struc­tion Skills Hub in June 2019 and the project will run until the end of June 2020

The train­ing is based around what employ­ers are look­ing for in new recruits and includes inter­view skills and health and safe­ty. As a result of the project, CSCS card revi­sion tests have already been passed. The train­ing also equips learn­ers with the qual­i­fi­ca­tions they need and gets them site ready’ for con­struc­tion jobs.

A big focus is get­ting dif­fer­ent peo­ple from dif­fer­ent back­grounds into con­struc­tion, includ­ing women in con­struc­tion, as well as oth­er groups fac­ing bar­ri­ers that can be sup­port­ed through the project and those cur­rent­ly work­ing in indus­tries that are at risk of automation.

Steve Radley, Pol­i­cy Direc­tor of the Con­struc­tion Indus­try Train­ing Board, com­ment­ed: The Con­struc­tion Skills Fund offers a real train­ing boost for local projects, and peo­ple in Not­ting­ham now have a fan­tas­tic oppor­tu­ni­ty to receive prac­ti­cal, inno­v­a­tive con­struc­tion train­ing on the Not­ting­ham Col­lege site.

We look for­ward to see­ing how the scheme per­forms and con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide routes into the con­struc­tion indus­try which would have been oth­er­wise unavail­able, work­ing towards the 158,000 new skilled work­ers required by 2022.” 

As one of the largest con­struc­tion train­ing providers in the Mid­lands, we have invest­ed sig­nif­i­cant­ly in our facil­i­ties. Our state-of-the-art Bas­ford cam­pus, with its indus­try-stan­dard con­struc­tion work­shops, means stu­dents are well equipped to enter the world of work. 

This fund­ing will give hun­dreds of local peo­ple the oppor­tu­ni­ty to devel­op their skills on site and secure jobs in construction. 

We are par­tic­u­lar­ly excit­ed that our own City Hub site will be one of the sites to offer this oppor­tu­ni­ty, mean­ing our new cam­pus will be edu­cat­ing its first stu­dents approx­i­mate­ly 12 months before it opens for busi­ness. We are look­ing for­ward to work­ing with our part­ners and are excit­ed to offi­cial­ly launch the project today. 

 — James Why­brow, Not­ting­ham Col­lege Vice Prin­ci­pal — Part­ner­ships, Appren­tice­ships and Enterprise

Cllr Neghat Khan, Port­fo­lio Hold­er for Ear­ly Years, Edu­ca­tion and Employ­ment at Not­ting­ham City Coun­cil, said: This new hub means that Not­ting­ham peo­ple will be able to get the best train­ing and skills they need to start in the con­struc­tion industry.

Not­ting­ham Jobs and Not­ting­ham Futures are proud to work with part­ners to offer peo­ple from all back­grounds the chance to get invalu­able on-site train­ing. It’s great to final­ly meet our first stu­dents and we hope this will encour­age more peo­ple to look at train­ing and work­ing in the con­struc­tion industry.”

Nick Mur­phy, Chief Exec­u­tive at Not­ting­ham City Homes, said: A lot of hard work has gone into this project, from bid­ding for fund­ing to see­ing our lat­est recruits start their jour­ney. All part­ners should be proud of what they achieved and know that we are giv­ing these stu­dents a real leg-up into the industry.

This project is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for local peo­ple to work on a live site and work first-hand with devel­op­ers, like our part­ners the Wood­head Group on build­ing new homes and trans­form­ing neigh­bour­hoods for Not­ting­ham residents”

The part­ner­ship not only works with peo­ple want­i­ng to work in con­struc­tion by get­ting them access to train­ing through the Hub, but they also want to receive ideas and feed­back from con­struc­tion employ­ers about the type of train­ing they would like to see as part of the Con­struc­tion Skills Hub.

If employ­ers would also like to offer work expe­ri­ence place­ment in the con­struc­tion indus­try and pro­vide any infor­ma­tion about vacan­cies in con­struc­tion they should con­tact the Build­ing Skills for Con­struc­tion team at buildingskills@​nottinghamcollege.​ac.​uk

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  • 5th July 2019 (1:39 PM)
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