The £100,000 hub, funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) through the Construction Skills Fund, will offer local people free construction job training and a guaranteed job interview after completing a 20-day course. It will be based on-site at the Perry Barr Residential Scheme, where £496m is being invested by Birmingham City Council, central Government and the WMCA on regeneration of the area and to deliver long-lasting benefits for local people.
Some of the first students to attend the hub today (August 14) cut the ribbon at its official opening. They were joined by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, Birmingham City Council leader and WMCA portfolio holder for transport Cllr Ian Ward, and international property group Lendlease, which is developing the site and has provided the dedicated space for the hub.
Cllr Ward said: “It is pleasing that a major regeneration project being overseen by the city council is able to play a key role in nurturing and developing the next generation of talent within the construction industry.
“The Perry Barr scheme will act as a catalyst for further investment into Birmingham and we need to have the right skills within the local workforce if we are to be ready to deliver the next wave of projects that come to the city and wider region.”
Birmingham City Council appointed Lendlease as principal contractor for the Perry Barr Residential Scheme in November 2018. Space for the training hub has been provided by Lendlease and Birmingham City Council.
The hub will train people in the skills needed on-site as construction progresses. The first trainees will learn about civil engineering, setting a site out and formwork – vital skills at the start of a development – and as the site progresses, training in the hub will be changed to match the needs on site.
The hubs will advertise local job opportunities and will initially focus on training unemployed people.
The WMCA will work alongside partners at Birmingham City Council Employment Access Team, Lendlease, the Construction Industry Training Body (CITB), Scape, Birmingham Careers Hub, Jobcentre Plus, Arcadis and Careys Plc to help maximise employment and training opportunities through the Perry Barr hub.
To sign up for construction training at the Perry Barr Residential Scheme hub, contact the National Careers Service West Midlands on 0121 296 5550, or you can find out more information about the National Careers Service via https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ or by calling 0800 100 900.
Photo (l-r): Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, Anna Evans, project director for the Perry Barr Residential Scheme at developers Lendlease, trainees Imaan Khan and Zubar Akram, Sarah Fenton from CITB, and Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street