Jobs boost for borough as construction training hub scheme gets cash backing

THURROCK is to get to host a training hub for would-be construction workers as part of an investment of £1 million on the region by the Construction Skills Fund.

It is pumping the cash into south Essex to support the training of more than 1,600 local people for jobs in the construction industry by 2020.

Plans have been put in place for three construction hubs to be set up in locations across south Essex in Thurrock, Basildon town centre and at the Airport Business Park, Southend. These hubs – located on, or adjacent to, construction sites – will be central to training people up for construction positions.

Councils will be working closely with the construction companies and their sub-contractors to identify which skills they need on site and what roles they are recruiting for so individuals can be trained to match these needs.

Cllr Mark Coxshall, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “Thurrock is one of the largest growth areas in the UK and we have a hugely ambitious regeneration agenda, with £20billion of planned investment in new jobs, homes and infrastructure in the coming years.

“We want to ensure our residents are equipped with the skills needed to capitalise on those growth plans and clearly construction is one of the main sectors in which jobs will be created locally.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with our partners in south Essex on this excellent initiative, which we hope will help ensure local jobs for local people.”

Sarah Beale, Chief Executive of Construction Industry Training Board, said: “The Construction Skills Fund can be a genuine game-changer for both the construction industry and the individuals being trained. We have a massive need for home-grown talent and these projects will bring thousands of new people into our sector, giving them the crucial on-site experience they need to start a career in construction.

“These 26 hubs will be based at some of the most innovative sites in the UK, and the board will be working hard to make sure they deliver the skills our industry critically needs.”