Further to previous updates, GMLPF CEO Ian Lomas met with Phillip Jones of Wirral Met College to look at the idea of developing a collaborative LCR Expression of Interest to establish a Construction Skills Hub. At the current time, limited guidance has been published but it is expected that the call for Expressions of Interest will go out shortly.
UK Government anticipates the Construction Skills Hubs will be funded for a period of 15 or so months and can provide up to £1,000,000, in the form of capital and revenue funding, to support their development. It is anticipated that there will be some 20 Hubs across England. Each Hub will need to offer on-site training experience and, as such, it is important that any proposed Hub links into an existing or planned (in the short term) meaning that, practically, the Hub will need to be located in or alongside major schemes such as Wirral Waters, N. Liverpool Regeneration programme. The Hub will offer work experience for people looking to enter the sector, sector based training pathways for those who are unemployed and the opportunity to retrain.
Once more detailed guidance is produced an EoI will be developed that need to be collaborative in nature and conversations will need to be had with the LEP and local construction employers to find a suitable site(s) to host the Hub. Some members have already contacted GMLPF for further information about the Construction Skills Programme. We will continue to update them and members on developments