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A NEW training hub has been launched in Leicester to help people build a career in the construction industry.

 The Construction Skills Hub is located in former site offices at the heart of the Ashton Green regeneration project in the north of Leicester. 

Supported by £518,000 of funding from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the new hub will provide training and employment opportunities for people in Leicester and Leicestershire who are looking to work in the construction industry.

Picture: Leicester City Council

The project is being led by Leicester City Council – which is contributing £300,000 of capital funding – and aims to offer training in construction skills to more than 400 people over two years, with a goal of securing sustained employment for at least half of those taking part.

Delivery partner Futures, which specialises in employability for 18 to 25-year-olds, is also contributing £107,000 to the project. The training programme will be delivered by local companies Construct Training and Keith Cook Training.

The project will work closely with construction partners at the Ashton Green development site, where hundreds of new homes are being built, and at the new prison under construction at Glen Parva. It will also help support the delivery of new homes at Waterside and the city council’s plans to for major investment in new council houses.

Cllr Danny Myers, assistant city mayor for jobs and skills, said: “We already have a proven track record of working with local employers, helping hundreds of people into jobs or apprenticeships through the work of our Leicester Employment Hub.

“Now, thanks to generous support from the CITB, we can offer onsite training and opportunities for people looking to move into the construction industry. This will be located at the heart of major construction and development projects, offering people hands-on experience and specially tailored training from professionals.

“With a huge amount of major transformative construction projects potentially happening in Leicester over the next few years – including the transformation of our railway station, a major multi-million-pound revamp of Leicester’s hospitals, the planned expansion of the King Power Stadium and an ambitious programme of new house building across the city – it’s vital that local people have an opportunity to train up and benefit from this new investment.

“By equipping local people with the right skills and qualifications for future employment, we will continue to encourage further investment into the city and help our local economy to grow.”

The Leicester Employment Hub has already supported over 40 people into work and training in the construction industry, but this is the first time it will have its own one stop shop for advice and training.

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