Meeting training needs with our vocational academy

Westleigh recognise the need to train and support our workforce. The rapid surge in construction in the UK is putting a huge strain on the amount of labour available – the industry employs 324,000 fewer workers than in 2008 prior to the recession and we must look at initiatives to attract and train individuals into the industry.

In-house training and apprentices are a must and promoting from within the labour pool is another must. Bricklayers are the top shortfall, and it is estimated that a further 53,000 are required along with carpenters, plasterers and painters.

In association with Countesthorpe college, Westleigh have invested in their own Vocational academy. This £400,000 development trained 125 students in its first year and now trains in excess of 230. The centre is also energy efficient, using photo-voltaic panels, a heat recovery system, and a mechanical ventilation system; it meets the requirements of an A-rated performance certificate.

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