Young people and construction businesses are being given a helping hand in creating skills for the future
Groundwork in partnership with Scarborough Borough Council, Kebbell Homes and Keepmoat are creating a construction skills village to help the Borough’s young people develop industry required skills which will support them into jobs and provide businesses with support to recruit local talent.
The Skills Village partnership will be working closely with key delivery partners including Yorkshire Coast College, Redcar and Cleveland College and Leeds College of Building, to deliver industry required skills to help address a skills shortage within the construction industry. In turn, the partnership will help key developers and their supply chains on Middle Deepdale and across the Borough to recruit from a local talent pool to help their businesses grow.
The Skills Village Partnership, will offer Yorkshire Coast College students the opportunity to understand the construction industry and the careers that are available from Brickwork to Marketing and Joinery to IT. Young people from the age of 16+ years old will have an opportunity to learn new skills in an industry working environment and get to understand how a construction site really works.
Local employers who are interested in growing their business and increasing their workforce can benefit from the Skills Village too. Expert advisors can select and recuit talented young people who can step into a job immediately and support a business through the whole recruitment process.
Graham Ratcliffe, Operations Director at Groundwork said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for local people as the Skills Village will provide individuals with the necessary knowledge, skills and access routes into the construction industry as demand for skilled labour increases”.
David Kelly, Economic Development Manager at Scarborough Borough Council said; “ We’re heading for a period of unprecedented economic growth in Scarborough and that brings immense construction opportunities and challenges. Over the next 10 years we will be building a new University, a University Technical College, a Sports Centre of Excellence, a new potash mine, new leisure facilities, sea defence works and thousands of houses. The Skills Village is required to encourage young people to enter the construction industry and to help provide the workforce of the future”.
Yorkshire Coast College principal Clare Wareing said: “We are all delighted to be involved in such a fantastic and innovative scheme. To allow individuals to learn and develop new skills within an industry environment is without doubt a step in the right direction and one we are all proud to be involved in.”