The Hackney National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) has created 136 apprenticeships and 135 work experience placements in construction for local people over the last four years, as part of the London Borough of Hackney’s five year multi-million pound Hackney Homes Decent Homes Project.
The Academy, which was funded by the CITB and began in June 2011, was also supported by partnering contractors Lakehouse, Balfour Beatty and Mulalley who were responsible for the training and upskilling of workers and also the supply chain development and community engagement.
The project has exceeded targets in apprenticeships and work experience placements and has also hit the targets for promoting the sector to schools and further and higher education engagement.
Leise Brown – NSAfC Performance Coordinator CITB said:
“This has been a hugely successful project thanks to the dedication of the three main contractors; supply chain and key partnering local organisations. This collaborative and committed approach has resulted in making the Hackney Homes project one of the strongest NSAfC in the country.”
Cllr Philip Glanville, Cabinet Member for Housing said:
“This programme has been an important opportunity for young people living in the borough, offering practical work experience and the chance to be mentored by construction professionals. In addition to gaining new skills that can contribute to their future career, the apprentices have also helped to make a difference to the homes of many Hackney residents.”
One of the young people given a work experience placement on the project, Chantel Forrester Assistant Contracts Manager Trainee said:
“I enjoyed having the responsibility that came with this job. It has been great to gain an insight into what is involved with this type of regeneration work for a social housing provider. It is really important to me as a future project manager that I get to manage early on.”
Lucinda Worlock Inspire! Work Week Coordinator from the Primary Team said:
“Work Week is a great experience for children to engage them in learning about work and jobs. Keeley was a fantastic role model for the children – it’s great to be able to introduce young children to a female construction worker. They loved her visit.”
The project has secured four awards and has been celebrated in a project closure event with key stakeholders.
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