The City of Liverpool College has reopened its Construction Hub, which is situated at Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters, to bridge the gap between training and employment in the construction industry
The Construction Hub was forced to close its doors during the pandemic, after its launch in 2019, after The City of Liverpool College was successful with its bid for a CITB construction Hub.
Liverpool College has worked in partnership with Liverpool Waters, Peel L&P’s £5bn waterfront development scheme, to re-open the Construction Hub and welcome learners back to Collingwood Dock.
Learners also benefit from having the opportunity to work with high-profile contractors such as Laing O’Rourke and Lovell Homes, as well as gaining access to level one, two and three study programmes, Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes, part-time programmes for adults, and opportunities for ACS Gas Accreditation.
Liverpool Waters is set to create a sustainable, world-class, mixed-use waterfront and bring life back to the historic docklands.
Construction on Liverpool Waters currently includes the new Isle of Man Ferry Terminal and the £500m Everton stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, with more projects currently in the pipeline.
Using the Construction Hub, The City of Liverpool College and Peel L&P will cater to this demand and provide employers the chance to find their future workforce, as well as giving learners the opportunity to work closely with Liverpool’s growing construction industry.
The Construction Hub also allows for contractors to source work experience students, apprentices and part-time and full-time workers directly from the College’s talent pool.
New Construction Hub will usher in a new generation of workers
Elaine Bowker, principal at the City of Liverpool College, commented: “There are so many exciting construction projects happening across our city region, so now is the perfect time to re-open the doors of our Construction Hub, to welcome the future generation of workers, support employers to source the skills they need, as well as to help upskill the existing workforce.
“The City of Liverpool College is the college for business, so it’s only right that we are putting our learners at the very heart of one of Europe’s largest regeneration and development schemes.
“Having this Construction Hub on Collingwood Dock means that a City of Liverpool College facility will be sitting amongst some of the city region’s largest and most ambitious construction projects, each of which will require a talented and eager workforce.”
‘Creating a lasting economic legacy’
Chris Capes, director of development at Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters, said: “Our vision for Liverpool Waters and the regeneration of the city’s waterfront includes creating a lasting economic legacy and maximising opportunities for local people.
“Along with The City of Liverpool College, we share the objective of training and developing the workforce of the future and ensuring young people from across the region benefit from the regeneration of Liverpool Waters.
“The range of qualifications and experiences the Construction Hub offers gives the students a real head-start in entering the construction sector, and we are proud to be playing our part in making it happen.”
The partnership between the college and Peel L&P is one of 26 hubs across the country with access to the £22m Construction Skills Fund, to help train 17,000 young people to be job and site-ready by March 2020.