A £1 million pound investment in the construction sector has been announced by Birmingham City Council. The project, which aims to create 500 new construction jobs across the city, is being ran in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board.
The scheme will aim to tackle several problems faced by the construction companies of the city. Firstly, it will look to provide training for the unemployed, who will hopefully help to fill the construction industries skill deficit. Specifically, the project aims to train people in the sectors of bricklaying, scaffolding, roofing, and plant operations. This is a very timely and good initiative as it is very important that there is a steady supply of skilled workers.
This isn’t just a scheme for the untrained, however. It also hopes to help former construction workers get back into the business. These two aspects, when combined, will hopefully lead to new growth and sustainability in the sector. Businesses willing to take part in the scheme can also benefit from support from the project, with help with improving productivity and practices through closer collaboration.
The timing of the project does not appear to be random. Birmingham is about to see a big uptick in construction projects, with Paradise Circus and New Street Station undergoing redevelopment/rejuvenation, alongside the beginning of work on the new High Speed 2 (HS2) train terminal on Curzon Street. This in turn is likely to lead to even more construction jobs, as some of the region’s biggest employers look to move into these new shopping venues.
It’s a very good news as it makes us very hopeful, who know, I may even abandon blogging and go into property business.