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 new CITB cabin has been installed within the Wates Construction Site Set Up to provide disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to learn construction related topics, and receive on site experience.
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.
Entry submitted by Wates Construction.