New Liverpool construction hub to bridge skills gap

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City of Liverpool College Construction Hub

The City of Liverpool College (COLCC) plans to create the city’s first on-site ‘Construction Hub’. The Government’s Construction Skills Fund awarded £500,000 to the project.

The hub will be located at the currently disused Collingwood Dock. It will be created in partnership with Liverpool Waters, Peel Land and Property’s £5bn waterfront development scheme.

Construction projects in Liverpool include 9,000 homes, 315,000 sq.m of business space, a Cruise Liner Terminal, an Isle of Man Ferry Terminal, and an accompanying hotel. The Construction Hub aims to meet the demand for a skilled construction workforce, training unemployed adults and young people.

The hub will provide the opportunity for college students to receive practical, site-specific training in a real construction site environment. The project will also provide taster opportunities to people in declining industries and in under-represented groups. Learners will have access to site ready training, CSCS cards and ACS Gas Accreditation.  The Hub will also provide a gateway to construction qualifications and at all levels and apprenticeships up to degree level.

Elaine Bowker, principal at the City of Liverpool College, said: “The City of Liverpool College is the college for business, so it’s only right that we are putting our learners at the very heart of one of Europe’s largest regeneration and development schemes.

“Having this construction hub on Collingwood Dock means that a City of Liverpool College facility will be sitting amongst some of the city region’s largest and most ambitious construction projects, each of which will require a talented and eager workforce.”

26 hubs across the country currently have access to the £22m Construction Skills Fund. The fund aims to train 17,000 young people to be skilled construction workers by March 2020.

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