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

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Government funding of £1million has been given to Nottingham to get more people into construction training and jobs.

Part­ners in Not­ting­ham have been giv­en a slice of a £22million fund­ing pot, which will be used to launch con­struc­tion acad­e­mies with Not­ting­ham College.

These acad­e­mies will bring train­ing to con­struc­tion sites — allow­ing learn­ers to apply their knowl­edge in a real-world envi­ron­ment. The mon­ey will be used to help local res­i­dents secure indus­try jobs and will pay for train­ing and resources.

The Con­struc­tion Skills Fund was launched in June 2018 and Not­ting­ham has been cho­sen as one of the suc­cess­ful bid­ders – out of 26 across the country.

The bid was led by Not­ting­ham Col­lege, along with part­ners Not­ting­ham City Homes, Not­ting­ham Trent Uni­ver­si­ty, Not­ting­ham City Coun­cil, Wates Con­struc­tion and local con­struc­tion firm Robert Woodhead. 

It is antic­i­pat­ed that the fund will help meet the needs of employ­ers and tack­le the con­struc­tion skills short­age, while also sup­port­ing those who want to join the indus­try, par­tic­u­lar­ly adult learn­ers. The 18-month scheme is fund­ed by the Depart­ment for Edu­ca­tion and will be admin­is­tered by the Con­struc­tion Indus­try Train­ing Board (CITB).

Today, (Fri­day 16 Novem­ber) the Depart­ment for Edu­ca­tion announced the suc­cess­ful can­di­dates for this year’s fund – Not­ting­ham being one of them. 

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

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 18 months before it opens for business. 

We’re look­ing for­ward to work­ing with our part­ners and excit­ed to get the project underway. 

 — James Why­brow

Nick Mur­phy, Chief Exec­u­tive at NCH, said: Win­ning this bid means that Not­ting­ham peo­ple will be able to get the best train­ing and skills they need to start in the con­struc­tion industry.

NCH have a strong rep­u­ta­tion for train­ing local peo­ple and employ­ing appren­tices. Our work includes improv­ing exist­ing hous­ing and build­ing new homes, and we have numer­ous projects start­ing in the future. This will be a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for peo­ple to work on a live site and work first-hand with developers.

On-site train­ing is huge­ly ben­e­fi­cial, not just for us as employ­ers but for trainees too, as it will help bridge the gap between train­ing and work­ing in the indus­try, mean­ing trainees are site-ready soon­er. We hope this will encour­age more peo­ple to look at train­ing and work­ing in the industry.” 

Nation­al­ly the fund will support: 

  • 20 on-site train­ing hubs in England 
  • Work expe­ri­ence and place­ments for peo­ple work­ing to join the industry 
  • Entry path­ways for those cur­rent­ly unemployed 
  • Path­ways for career switchers. 

The fund­ing will only sup­port on-site train­ing pro­vi­sion, and access to live con­struc­tion projects is essen­tial to qualify. 

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  • 16th November 2018 (11:18 AM)
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