City Council scheme to give £1 million to construction industry

£1 million project to support Nottingham’s construction industry workers is under way which plans to create more jobs in the sector.

Nottingham’s growing construction industry is in need of more workers and is creating a new scheme to help jobless residents to benefit from it.

Nottingham City Council in partnership with Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has launched the scheme and recently held a launch event with over 60 local construction businesses.

The £1 million project proposes to fill the skills gap in the construction sector and to ensure local people can access employment and training opportunities.

Mick O’Flynn, Sector Strategy Manager for CITB, said: “This exciting project is a unique collaboration between CITB and Nottingham City Council to support local business growth in the city.

With over 3,000 construction jobs expected to be created each year in the East Midlands between 2015 and 2019, it is vital we deliver more skills in Nottinghamshire and the wider area.

Mick O’Flynn, Sector Strategy Manager for CITB.

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “We have a clear commitment in this city to playing a major role in promoting construction and increasing the competitiveness of our local businesses so they can secure more work.”

The scheme will support new workers to the sector, experienced workers who may have left the industry during the recession and young people who are not in education or training will be supported through the programme.

The scheme aims to:

  • Help construction companies develop the skills required to compete in today’s market and win more business.
  • Support local public sector organisations and developers to achieve social value on their projects.
  • Benefit Nottingham’s hardest to reach job seekers by supporting entries to a construction career at all levels.
  • Remove barriers to employment.
  • Traineeships, wage incentives, pre-employment training and jobs brokerage will also be part of the service.

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