Leading homebuilder, Keepmoat Homes, and Glasgow Kelvin College have today announced a new long-term partnership to maximise the opportunities in the construction industry for students and the local communities in North Glasgow.
The agreement - centred around the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA), the largest project of its kind outside of London - will create learning and training opportunities across a range of projects that will help students and local people build sustainable careers in the construction sector. The scheme will also support Keepmoat Homes and its sub-contractors, by granting them access to the latest highly skilled talent looking to enter the industry and work on this transformational development.
One of the first schemes as part of this partnership is the BUILD North Glasgow Training Programme. Funded by CITB Pathways into Construction it is aimed at people over 16 and Ex-Military personnel with Keepmoat Homes and Glasgow Kelvin College part of a consortium which also includes Morgan Sindall, TIGERS Training and Sibbald Training. BUILD North Glasgow will provide skills, work experience and qualifications to candidates, providing them with best possible chance of securing employment in the industry.
The partnership will also see Keepmoat Homes support the Foundation Apprenticeship programme through the College, which provides skills, valuable real-life work experience opportunities and links with employers to school pupils while they are still in education. The College’s Engineering students will also benefit from the new agreement and will get access to a programme of site visits, industry talks and work experience opportunities as the Sighthill development takes place over the next eight years.
As part of this long term commitment to support each other, the homebuilder will gain access to the Flexible Workforce Development Fund, which will see the College provide Keepmoat Homes with £15,000 worth of training per year to upskill its current workforce.
New Principal of Glasgow Kelvin College, Derek Smeall, commented;
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Keepmoat Homes. We believe this is a great initiative for the communities of North Glasgow and the students of Glasgow Kelvin College, helping people to get skills, qualifications and workplace experience that can lead to a fulfilling career in the construction sector.
With our campus in Springburn only a short distance from the Sighthill Transformation Regeneration Area, it is important that we maximise the opportunities that a development of this scale can offer local people and our students.
We are grateful for the confidence placed in Glasgow Kelvin College by Keepmoat Homes and look forward to a productive and dynamic partnership.”
Beth McNeil, Regional Managing Director for Keepmoat in Scotland said;
“The Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area provides a once in a generation chance to deliver real value to real people and our industry over the long term. We’re delighted to be working with Glasgow Kelvin College both as part of the BUILD North Glasgow consortium but also beyond, to support its work and to help address the much-publicised skills challenges our industry faces.
I look forward to meeting some of the students on the programmes and working with the College to ensure that we create opportunities that have a real benefit to its pupils, the wider community and the construction industry.”