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Construction training hub to help unemployed in Wolverhampton

The ‘Wolves at Work’ construction training hub is designed to help unemployed people in Wolverhampton to enter the construction sector.

The Wolves at Work training hub was set up by West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and will be based at The Marches housing development. The hub will be run in collaboration with contractors Wilmott Dixon and City of Wolverhampton College.

The hub is being funded with £100,000 from the Government’s Construction Skills Fund and will be delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) along with a series of regional training hubs. Developers are hoping to target women and ethnic minorities through the hub to encourage diversity in the construction sector.

Stephen Radley, Director of Strategy and Policy at CITB, said: “We are delighted to support the launch of the WMCA hub which will give more people the opportunity to start a career in construction. The training hub is one of 26 new on-site training hubs created by the Construction Skills Fund, which brings together employers and public funding to give high quality, onsite work experience to learners from many different backgrounds.”

“The hub based at The Marches is an exciting opportunity both for local people to join the industry and for local construction firms who need skilled candidates. The hub aims to give over 800 local people the chance to train in the most needed skills, with a focus on attracting candidates from groups currently underrepresented in construction. This project is a step in the right direction to ensure our industry has the highly skilled workforce it needs.”

The hub will advertise live job vacancies, which local people can apply for, with the aim that at least 50% of those receiving training secure long term employment. The Marches housing development will include 266 homes developed onsite and the training hub will be launched next month, those interested can email for more information.

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