Plans for new Training Academy
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet are being recommended to approve plans to
set up a new training academy which aims to create 250 local jobs and 40
apprenticeships in construction over the next five years.
If the plans are improved, the Council will establish its own Community Benefit
Training Academy and become the employer of trainees and apprentices across a
number of areas of construction.
With £500m of investment on building projects planned in the county over the
next five years, the Academy would seek to maximise opportunities for local
communities and provide a lasting legacy.
The £500m investment is being spent on three programmes:
· The Welsh Housing Quality Standard, which will see improvements to council
properties across the county
· 21st Century Schools which is building new education facilities at Holywell
and Connah’s Quay
· The Strategic Housing and Regeneration Programme (SHARP) which will see 500
new homes built, with about 200 being council homes.
As part of the tendering process for all three programmes, contractors are
required to confirm the number of local jobs, training opportunities and
traineeships that will be available.
It is proposed that The Academy would then manage the employment opportunities
for all three projects. It would work in partnership with local employment and
training agencies including schools and colleges, to target young people aged
16-24 not in education or employment and the long term unemployed to make the
most of the opportunities available.
In addition to the job creation, community initiatives will also be developed
such as funds towards the refurbishment of community centres, events, art walls
and community gardens.
The Academy will be self-sufficient as the funding would be provided by
contractors as part of their contractual arrangements.
Council Leader Aaron Shotton said: “There’s a lot of money being invested in
Flintshire through these projects and we want to make sure that we maximise job
and training opportunities and develop a lasting legacy for the county and the
authority. The aim is to create over 250 local jobs and 40 apprentices over the
next five years. The skills gained will be of huge benefit to local communities
and the local economy.”
The plans will be discussed at Flintshire’s Cabinet on 15 September.