Sheffield skills academy offers free construction work training

Lord Mayor Coun Tony Downing opens Sheffield Skills AcademyLord Mayor Coun Tony Downing opens Sheffield Skills Academy
Lord Mayor Coun Tony Downing opens Sheffield Skills Academy
A new skills academy that will provide practical construction training aimed at getting unemployed people back into work has been opened by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Tony Downing.

The Sheffield Skills Academy, which is based on Clay Street, Attercliffe, will offer a range of fully-funded construction courses teaching practical and digital skills whilst helping address skills gaps in the sector.

Registration is now open for a three-week Introduction to Construction course, as well as for a seven-week Level 1 Diploma in Construction Multi-Skills course. They are open to unemployed over-19s.

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Speaking at the open event which was attended by local dignitaries, trainers and former trainees, Kunda Kinteh, 50, from Rotherham, who has recently completed the introductory course, said: “This course has changed my life!

“Before I completed it I knew nothing about construction and thought that a career in it would be unattainable.

“Now I now have a CSCS card which allows me to work on a UK construction site and I’m about to start a Level 1 Diploma in Construction Multi-Skills.”

Coun Downing said: “It’s great that Sheffield and the wider community have access to this fantastic new training facility, it’s clear to see how it will benefit both local residents and employers.”

Find out more at the Sheffield Skills Academy Facebook page or book on to an enrolment day on December 16 by calling 0114 243 9934.

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