Lakehouse has started work on a new specialist skills and training centre in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. A Construction Skills Centre is being constructed at Kidbrooke in the south of the borough. The start was marked with a breaking ground ceremony, which saw construction apprentice Perry Farrugia take part in a photo call with local press, later appearing in Greenwich News.
The Construction Skills Centre will offer Greenwich residents construction courses from theory based training to short courses in anything from asbestos awareness to traffic marshalling. Training at the mobile building, which can be transferred to different construction sites around the borough, will be provided by Greenwich Community College and other specialist providers. The courses will provide residents with essential skills and qualifications in an industry which offers wide-ranging job opportunities.
The Construction Skills centre is especially innovative in that it will be a mobile building which can be transferred to other construction sites in the borough, meaning residents undergoing training will have direct access to ongoing projects.
Councillor Denise Hyland, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Employment and Skills at the Royal Borough of Greenwich said:
“I’m extremely excited by what we’re doing here. With all of our skills centres we are providing training in key sectors with direct access into jobs. Our borough is regenerating fast at the moment with a hugely ambitious programme of regeneration and house-building in the coming years. We know that because of this there will be numerous local job opportunities in the construction industry so by investing in a specialist skills centre for the sector we are helping local people to get those jobs. It’s excellent news for the wider economy of the borough – not only are we seeing lots of new development and the transformation of the local area, we are making sure our residents are getting the most out of the training and employment opportunities that this provides”.
Thanks to Site Manager Colin Jones and the team for facilitating the event, and helping to make sure it was a success on the day.
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