EXTRA funding has been released by the Learning and Skills Council to help train 1,100 new recruits in specialist construction trades.
The £1.5 million grant for ConstructionSkills' National Specialist Accredited Centre will go towards training youngsters in more than 50 specialist sectors.
The centre was set up in 2002 to help trade contractors who struggle to find commercially viable courses for their trainees due to the low numbers of people learning the skill.
ConstructionSkills specialist manager Stuart Littlefair said: 'Training is essential for success in business but we recognise that in the specialist sector investing in training and up-skilling your workforce can be expensive.
'Now, with this new funding, the NSAC can offer businesses additional support which will make training affordable and, with industry increasingly demanding a fully carded competent workforce, it is an opportunity not to be m issed.'
Around 3,000 specialist candidates have registered with the centre since it started but most have yet to achieve their NVQ.