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Carillion and Arlington Real Estate work on Nine Elms Skills Centre inches closer

Lambeth College visual Carillion

A new London skills college has moved a step closer after the mayor’s office signed off on a £22.5m grant.

The Nine Elms Skills Centre will focus on construction, hospitality and science, with the expected development value to exceed £100m.

The mayor of London’s office will give £22.5m to the scheme. Construction News reported last month that Carillion had been chosen as partner in collaboration with Arlington Real Estate.

A new Construction Skills Academy will be built by Carillion to help address major industry skills shortages in domestic and commercial construction.

Carillion will be expected to promote the academy to its wider supply chain for use and will commit to recruiting learners who graduate through the academy.

It is estimated that over the course of five years the construction side of the development will lead to approximately 3,000 apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, 1,400 new jobs and 75 work placements.

The development will also contain a newly built four-star training hotel.

Vauxhall Skills Centre represents a £44m investment in Lambeth College’s education infrastructure and will see the complete regeneration of the current Vauxhall site.

The wider regeneration will include new homes and is expected to leverage more than £80m in private sector investment.

Lambeth College principal and chief executive Mark Silverman said: “I am delighted to announce our plans to rebuild the Skills Centre on our existing Lambeth College Vauxhall site. When it is complete it will be a world-class skills centre, offering a four star ‘training’ hotel and a new Construction Skills Academy.

“This will be a real benefit for learners, employers and the local community, helping them to get valuable industry-standard work experience and apprenticeships that will help them in their future careers. The skills centre will also help local people into work, therefore fulfilling the college’s aspiration to be London’s careers college.”

Carillion development director Simon Eastwood said: “Lambeth College is demonstrating the most advanced thinking in the UK further education sector by pioneering ways of working with employers to deliver the skills training that will lead to long-term sustainable employment.

“It is a vital, ambitious and innovative part of delivering the masterplan for the Nine Elms area of London by renewing old buildings and generating the resources needed for long-term learning agreements.”

Carillion Training Services enterprise manager Chris James said: “Construction is a major sector of the UK economy that represents around 7 per cent of our GDP, employs nearly three million people, the equivalent of 10 per cent of UK employment, and generates around £90bn annually.

“However, construction is also facing its biggest skills shortage for a generation and in particular, a lack of skilled young workers – one of the biggest challenges the industry faces and something also identified by the government’s Construction 2025 strategy.”



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