‘We are building jobs for the future in Bradford’
7:00am Tuesday 25th February 2014 in News By Chris Young, T&A Reporter
PLANNING AHEAD: Some of the people involved in the new training scheme launched in Bradford
A new training centre to help teenagers in Bradford get a job in the construction industry will open in September.
The Centre of Excellence in the Built Environment is part of a wave of
centres for excellence designed to give pupils valuable experience and
make them “job ready” for various industries.
The latest centre is a partnership between Bradford College, Tong High School, Carlton Bolling College and several leading construction businesses. Pupils at the centre will
have the opportunity to carry out work experience within the
construction industry to provide them with a greater understanding of
how business works.
The businesses involved include Arnold Laver & Co Ltd, Wates
Construction, Moortown Construction and Rex Procter and Partners and
they will work as mentors to assist them develop the skills needed for
the world of work. The centre will see teenagers between the ages of 14
and 18 given the opportunity to study a BTEC in the Built Environment,
with the possibility to then progress into Further and Higher Education
at Bradford College.
Michael Page the project leader for the ICE, said:
construction industry showing signs of recovery there has never been a
better time to launch an initiative like this that will actively
encourage young people to pave a career in this sector.”
The Centre of Excellence will be fully operational from September,
2014, and the partnership hopes more than 100 pupils will be studying in
the first year at the centre, which will be located across the schools
and college sites.
Andrew Laver, group managing director at Arnold Laver & Co Ltd,
”As a leading employer in the region, we fully understand the
benefit to both the community and businesses in general, to have access
to a consistent supply of talented and well educated young people.
“We strongly believe in developing our employees and take the view
that today’s trainees are our managers of the future.’’
announced plans for several different Industrial Centres for Excellence
across the district last year, at a time when more than 6,000 18 to
25-year-olds were claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance.
The Council said it would boost its “Get Bradford Working” scheme to get more young people into apprenticeships and training.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe,
the executive member for employment, skills and culture, said: “The
announcement of this new Industrial Centre of Excellence is really
The strong link with employers will mean that young people who enrol,
develop skills and experience which are of real value in today's jobs
“It’s a model of learning which we are promoting as part of Get
Bradford Working to make sure that young people leaving school can win
through in an increasingly competitive jobs market.”