Further funding boost for construction skills in Camden
A new recruitment and skills training centre at Euston, secured by Camden Council as part of its HS2 mitigation work, has received a further funding boost.
Following on from last month’s news that the council secured £3 million in funding for the centre from the London business rates retention scheme, today (Friday November 16) the council has successfully bid for a further £847,000 from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
The Euston Recruitment Centre will be based on the site of the former Maria Fidelis School - located in close proximity to the HS2 construction site and providing immediate access to construction sector opportunities. The centre will deliver bespoke construction skills training developed in partnership with employers, general construction training, rail and engineering training opportunities, and will also pilot new building methods such as off-site manufacturing.
The CITB funding will also support the existing Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre (located on York Way), which was created as part of the planning obligations in relation to the redevelopment of Kings Cross.
The centre provides construction training, apprenticeships, job brokerage and schools programmes. Every year it supports around 150 people into jobs and a further 140 into apprenticeship starts, whist also supporting between 600 and 700 people per year through Advice and Guidance and CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) - the Health and Safety certificate which is a pre-requisite for operatives to work on site.
The success of the King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre in supporting local people to obtain skills, qualifications, apprenticeships and jobs, shows the benefits of Camden Council’s work to ensure there is inclusive growth locally.
The Euston Recruitment Centre is being created to ensure that the borough effectively mitigates some of the negative impacts of HS2 construction and will be a further major resource for employment support, job brokerage and skills training.
I’m delighted that following on from the successful £3 million bid from London’s business rates redistribution scheme that we have now secured a further £847,000 to benefit people locally via both of these Centres.