Careers in construction for young people given £1m boost

More young people will be encourages to seek a career in construction as a £1m skills centre is set up.

The £1m Lloyds Bank Construction Skills Centre was launched by Lloyds Bank, property group Lendlease and Newham Council and is based at International Quarter London in Stratford.

The council will use the Centre through its job brokerage service Workplace to host a series of education, information and training activities, showcasing construction career opportunities. Apprenticeships and higher education and training pathways will also be delivered; construction specialists will also be asked to become ambassadors for the industry and visit schools and other educational organisations.

Councillor Terence Paul, mayoral adviser for skills and adult learning, said:

“This incredible initiative will provide a unique centre which will equip young people with the skills necessary to work in a variety of different construction roles, both onsite and in managerial jobs. We want to help our young people build a career in the industry and support them when they want to upskill.

“This centre is also a great example of private and public partnership working which is what makes our Workplace scheme such a success. Workplace’s success is built on close and trusting partnerships with employers. Rapid economic development means the construction sector in Newham is booming and it is essential that we work closely with developers to ensure our residents can make the most of any job opportunities created.”

The funding for the project was made available by Lloyds Bank through a competitive process as part of the Bank’s commitment to help Britain prosper by improving employability. It is also in response to housebuilders’ calls for more and better construction skills training.

Newham Council saw off competition from three other bidders to secure the £1million Fund. The Fund was provided specifically to deliver training, education and recruitment initiatives for four years between 2016 and 2020.