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WIllmott Dixon launches £1m skills centre

Willmott Dixon has announced a £1m investment in a new academy set to open in Birmingham next month.

The academy, called the Willmott Dixon4 Life Academy, will be capable of training 2,000 people a year.

The contractor has chosen a 1,300 sq m property at Electric Avenue in Aston. The facility will also act as a National Centre of Excellence for the company across the UK.

Future students will choose courses including technical trade skills, emerging technologies, supervisor skills and energy efficiency, as well as life-time skills such as NVQ and City & Guilds qualifications.

Willmott Dixon Partnerships managing director Mick Williamson said: “Through the 4Life Academy, our own employees as well as colleges, community groups and local residents will get access to a dedicated facility providing training that will help their long-term work opportunities. With nearly one million young people not in education, employment or training there is no better time to be creating these opportunities.

“The construction sector has been hit particularly hard by the current market conditions, and alongside creating a valuable community asset that will help develop local skills, the 4Life Academy will ensure our people continue to have the skills and expertise needed to deliver the quality service required in Birmingham and West Midlands.”    

Willmott Dixon chose the West Midlands because it employs nearly 1,000 people in the area and is responsible for the long-term repairs and maintenance of 60,000 properties for Birmingham City Council.

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