Advanced Construction Engineering Centre
A project aimed at addressing the skills deficiencies threatening to hit the construction industry in Northamptonshire is set to get underway this month, with a brand-new state-of-the-art facility to be built at the Booth Lane Campus of Northampton College.
Local construction specialist Mick George Ltd are due to complete Earthworks on behalf of Kier Construction Ltd for the £4.75million Advanced Construction Engineering (ACE) Centre.
Scheduled for completion Q3, 2019, the location will facilitate training of the next generation of builders, plumbers and decorators, as well as pioneering new techniques aimed at equipping the workforce of the future with the very latest skills.
Alongside courses which focus on craft skills, there will also be courses at Level 3 for those looking for supervisory, technician or management careers in the sector, such as Civil Engineering, Building Services Engineering, or Project Management.
It is hoped that the ACE Centre, will provide a pipeline of ‘highly-skilled, work-ready’ staff with the appropriate technical knowledge likely to benefit multiple local employers in the sector. Forecasts are estimating between 600-700 new learners each year by 2025/26.
The project has been supported by £2.25million funding from SEMLEP through its Skills Capital Fund.
Michael George, Contracting Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’As employers of more than 1,100 employees, we recognise that the construction industry and its labour model are at a critical juncture in terms of its long-term sustainability. ‘’
George continued: ‘’Addressing both the skills shortages and the ageing workforce demographic is seen as a top priority within leading construction companies, so it’s a credit to Northampton College for responding so pro‐actively to provide solutions for the sector, helping to deliver a high calibre of new recruits to the industry.”