The Royal Borough of Greenwich Cabinet have approved plans to establish a construction skills centre in the borough

The specialist skills centre based in Kidbrooke will add to the growing number of local centres of excellence, where residents can gain skills and training qualifications in key sectors. The centre would give around 1,000 trainees the entry-level skills required to enable them to gain basic qualifications and permits to work on construction sites and find long-term jobs.

If planning permission is granted, the centre will become the fourth to be opened in the area, one of which is the digital skills centre at Greenwich Peninsula.

All of the centres are run by providers that are leaders in their field who have strong links to employers. They attract funding from sources such as the Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service.

There are also longer-term plans to build a complimentary construction craft skills centre in either Woolwich or Charlton, offering training in skills such as carpentry, plumbing, painting and decorating and plastering. It will also provide work experience – opening doors to jobs and apprenticeships

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