22nd Oct 2013

Seddon to create new job and training opportunities after winning National Skills Academy for Construction status

Seddon is set to create major job and training opportunities through housing schemes in the North West and the Midlands after securing National Skills Academy for Construction status.

The backing from the National Skills Academy formally endorses Seddon’s plans to train 50 apprentices, create over 90 new jobs locally and organise 134 work placements as well as providing extensive training programmes for its subcontractors, careers events in schools and support for schools delivering construction-related courses.

"This leading industry accreditation is a significant seal of approval for our training approach, recognising our dedication to developing our own workforce, and that of our supply chain, as well as creating employment and job opportunities for local residents as we build new affordable homes across the North West and the Midlands,” says Seddon managing director Jonathan Seddon.

"This is recognition from the National Skills Academy for Construction of our commitment to making a difference for local neighbourhoods and the industry as a whole through high-quality training programmes and by providing jobs and training in the communities wherever we work.”

The National Skills Academy for Construction is delivered by CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for Construction, and aims to deliver high quality, tailored construction training to prepare people for jobs, up-skill the existing workforce and attract new talent to the industry.

National Skills Academy for Construction projects are being rolled out across the UK.

Marie Neen, National Skills Academy for Construction performance co-ordinator (North), comments: "It’s great to see another employer being awarded National Skills Academy for Construction status in the North West and the Midlands. The National Skills Academy for Construction promotes exemplary infrastructure projects which deliver skills and training, and helps to establish procurement best practice through a client-based model to grow employment in local communities.”

The training programme will be delivered through new-build housing and regeneration projects worth around £157 million set to be undertaken by Seddon over the next three years.

In the North West, these include schemes to deliver new housing worth £10.6 million in Bolton for Great Places Housing Group; a £2.1 million new-build housing project in Bolton for Bolton at Home; £6.4 million of housing refurbishment work for Salix Homes in Manchester; a £2.4 million new-build housing scheme for Plus Dane Group in Liverpool and a £2.1 million new-build homes scheme in Runcorn for Halton Housing Trust.

In the Midlands, projects which will deliver the training include around £43 million of new-build housing schemes for Sanctuary Housing Association with projects in Telford and Stoke-on-Trent and an £11.1 million programme of work for Ascent (a joint venture partnership between Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and Your Housing Group) in Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph in Staffordshire.

The National Skills Academy status is the latest in a series of accolades for Seddon’s training approach.  This summer, Seddon was named Employer of the Year (for the second time in three years) by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) which represents the building industry’s leading contractors. The company celebrated its 75th anniversary of recruiting apprentices in 2012, with 88 apprentices recruited across Seddon Group during that year.

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