Over 1200 residents set to benefit from Construction Skills money
Over 1200 Barking and Dagenham residents are set to benefit from training opportunities in construction thanks to £917,599 funding from the Department for Education (DfE).
The cash injection from the DfE’s Construction Skills Fund (CSF) aims to increase the number of local people trained in construction.
The funding is being matched by an extra £117,211 from the council to meet staffing costs and a contribution of £336,767.90 from Barking Riverside Ltd for the training centre.
'Barking and Dagenham is London’s growth opportunity, and this is evident in the enormous developments taking place across the borough'
This means local people will soon have the opportunity to gain qualifications and work experience at a new construction training centre in Barking Riverside. Trainees will be recruited through partners and community organisations including the Job Centre Plus, colleges, community groups and our Job Shops.
Welcoming news of the funding, Councillor Sade Bright, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Aspiration said: “Barking and Dagenham is London’s growth opportunity, and this is evident in the enormous developments taking place across the borough.
“This funding is essential to ensuring that growth is not something that happens in isolation but that all of our residents feel a part it and no one gets left behind.
“I am confident the facility will for local youngsters, helping them to gain qualifications and first-hand experience with the potential of securing a job at Barking Riverside or with one of the many contractors.”
The training will be delivered in partnership with the Adult College, Havering and Barking and Dagenham colleges and will deliver entry level training. Work placements will be generated from the project with contractors on site to provide valuable site experience for trainees.
Barking and Dagenham residents who would like to access Construction training and support finding employment to please contact the Construction Job Shop on 020 8227 5003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org