Barking Riverside firm scoops £1m for new construction training centre
PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:55 26 November 2018
The council and a developer have scooped £1million to set up a major new construction training centre.
Barking and Dagenham Council and firm Barking Riverside Limited have been awarded £917,599 from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) for the centre which promises to get people into building jobs.
More than 1,200 residents will be able to get qualifications and work experience at the planned centre which will be based in Barking Riverside.
Matthew Carpen, Barking Riverside boss, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in the borough, helping them gain qualifications and first-hand experience with the potential of securing a job at Barking Riverside or one of our contractors.”
Over the next 20 years, Barking and Dagenham will see 60,000 new homes go up at the development.
The people behind the successful bid predict the centre will help young people, graduates and career-changers make an informed decision about joining the industry.
A number of opportunities planned for the centre will be short-term work experience courses for school pupils, giving them an insight into the industry and offering them chances to meet potential employers.
There are also plans to run women-only courses.
The regional facility will be used by contractors and developers from across the borough and the south east looking to recruit locally.
Cllr Sade Bright, Cabinet member for employment, skills and aspiration, said: “Barking and Dagenham is London’s growth opportunity, and this is evident in the enormous developments taking place.
“This funding is essential to ensuring that growth is not something that happens in isolation but that all of our residents feel a part of so no one gets left behind.”
Sarah Beale, CITB boss, said: “We have a massive need for homegrown talent and these projects will bring thousands of new people into our sector, giving them the crucial on site experience they need to start a career in construction.”
A total of 26 hubs will be set up at sites across the UK.
“CITB will be working hard to make sure they deliver the skills our industry critically needs,” Ms Beale said.
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