The Lord Mayor of Exeter marked the launch of a new Community & Skills Academy in Cranbrook, Exeter aimed at promoting employment opportunities in the construction industry.
“We were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor to open our new community and skills hub for Exeter.”
Councillor Rob Hannaford cut the ribbon as part of the celebration of opening the new skills academy – an initiative designed to encourage long-term unemployed people back into work by offering work placements, training, full-time work and apprenticeships.
The academy has been established at the heart of the GT Partnerships South West’s housing development in Cranbrook which will provide a ‘live’ site environment and host several Galliford Try Partnerships Skills Academy programmes during its lifecycle, becoming a Hub for the Exeter region.
The academy will be on site for three years and will take on a maximum of 15 members on each programme for between two and four weeks. It will also explore opportunities to work with the Prince’s Trust to provide further employment opportunities.
Focusing on people over the age of 18 and currently without employment, the academy will promote the opportunities that exist in the construction industry.
The Lord Mayor of Exeter, Cllr Rob Hannaford said;
“I’m really delighted to have officially launched the Skills Academy. This is a very important and exciting initiative for Cranbrook, Exeter and the wider Devon area. By focusing on getting people back to work, enhancing skills, and developing potential, it’s an innovative way towards achieving sustainable success in the construction industry. The academy will provide a fantastic opportunity for local people not only to gain the necessary qualifications for a career in construction, but also to be supported into construction jobs once qualified. I hope that local residents take advantage of this fantastic new academy and community hub once it opens.”
“It was also very encouraging to do this on International Women’s Day, to see that all of the key partners involved, had a strong representation of women in key roles, showing leadership, and expertise in construction, management and engineering.”
Charlotte Olver, Development and Communities Coordinator:
“We were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor to open our new community and skills hub for Exeter.
“We are passionate about creating sustainable communities as well as addressing the industry skills shortage and our Community & Skills Academy Hub is the ideal platform to do so.
“We are investing heavily in employment and training via our unique Skills Academies – supporting talent, new and old, and introducing keen new applicants into the industry when they are needed most.”
The development in Cranbrook that plays home to the new Community Hub will see the creation of 180 new homes in the town, including 54 for affordable housing, 18 for social rent and 36 for shared ownership, developed in joint venture with leading housing provider, LiveWest.