Hundreds of construction jobs created by pioneering training academy

Over 240 jobs in construction have been created thanks to a pioneering training academy.

The number of  hard-to-fill vacancies due to a lack of skilled applicants in construction have doubled since 2013 according to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

The EMPA Training Academy is helping to change this by offering apprenticeships, work experience opportunities, teacher development days, construction career days and a route to obtain professional qualifications with nine construction firms across the UK.

According to Alan Coole, head of EMPA, about 250 apprenticeships and work placements had been delivered in the last 12 months with the apprentices benefitting from on-the-job training. He added:

“Apprentices receive training and skills in building, quantity surveying, joinery, administration, accounts, site management and marketing, thanks to the work of nine construction partners including Ashe Construction, G F Tomlinson, Woodhead Group, Lindum, Interserve, Clegg Construction, Jeakins Weir, Morgan Sindall and Wates Construction – all which play a vital role in creating much-needed jobs across the Midlands.

The EMPA Training Academy is part of the East Midlands Property Alliance (EMPA) Framework, which aims to improve the delivery of construction projects and property maintenance for public sector bodies, saving them and the taxpayer money.

More than 130 public sector bodies have used EMPA to procure construction projects. The alliance operates across a range of sectors including schools, colleges, and universities, housing groups, care homes, hospitals, fire services, leisure facilities and libraries.

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