New partnership launched at Leeds college of building

New partnership launched at Leeds college of building

A collaborative partnership that aims to address the major skills shortages in Yorkshire’s construction industry has been successfully launched at Leeds College of Building this month.

The project, called ‘Step up into Construction’ is a strategic partnership between a number of leading Yorkshire-based education providers, councils, housing associations, social enterprise groups, careers advisors, training boards and public sector and government departments.

It will be the first port of call for anyone who wants to find out more about the huge range of careers available in the industry.

Deputy principal Derek Whitehead, from Leeds College of Building, says: “The launch event, which was held at our brand new state of the art £17m education and training facility in Leeds city centre went incredibly well.

“With almost 100 people attending, all of the project’s delivery partners were able to network with a number of big businesses and small to medium sized employers showcasing how the exciting new provision will work.

“Everyone was keen to hear about the project background, its funding, targets and unique partnership approach, as well as who we are targeting and what our delivery partners will be providing. We explained how we plan to address the chronic need for more skilled workers by engaging with hundreds of people to deliver relevant work placements, training, further education and employment.”

Project manager Sarah Carter, also from Leeds College of building ran through the varied courses on offer as well as the support available, which ranges from employability and skills development through to health and safety training, work experience and how to work towards the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.

Derek said: “Our plan is to engage with people wanting to get into construction and provide them with the right guidance and contacts for specific education courses, work experience placements and ultimately help them to get a job in construction. Employers will also benefit hugely from being involved, as we will be able to help them address any skills and employment shortages as well as supporting them with access to training, education and funding.” 

Earlier this year ‘Step up into Construction’ was granted £500,000 of funding from the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme, this was match funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) providing an overall total of £1m for the project.


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