Building a new career – Hampshire County Council wins £930k funding to train new construction workers

New training opportunities in construction are now available to people of all ages in Hampshire, thanks to an award of almost £1 million from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

May 29 2020

After successfully securing £1.6 million and training over 1,000 people in the past year, Hampshire County Council has secured the additional Construction Skills Fund money, to provide basic training for those looking to develop essential skills for a career in the construction industry.

Welcoming the funding, Councillor Roz Chadd, the County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “This money will enable 750 more people to take advantage of training that will lead to long term employment – opportunities that could equally appeal to people who have become unemployed in the wake of Covid-19. A shortage of skills in the construction industry reinforces the importance of training the next generation of a skilled building workforce. With extra safety measures in place at all sites, Covid-19 awareness training for all trainees and most sites back up and running to deliver their projects, there will be further training available, following completion of the basic training that this funding will provide.”

Commenting on the outcome of the first year’s training, Councillor Chadd added: “The initial year of running this training scheme was a huge success, with 478 people gaining employment straight after the two-week courses, and more ready to take up apprenticeships as the industry’s capacity expands. There are already potential new recruits on the waiting list so, with this further funding, our Skills and Participation Team can continue to partner with training providers across the county to train many hundreds more.”

For further information on available training courses, visit www.hampshire.gov.uk/construction-skills