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Funding for construction training could help those impacted by Covid-19 in Hampshire

Hampshire County Council has received £900,000 to train new construction workers from the Department for Education and the Construction Industry Training Board.

The authority says it could lead to opportunities for those who have become unemployed during the pandemic.

Over the past year, over 1,000 people have received training after the council secured £1.6 million, and now more people will be provided with basic training to build a career in the construction industry. 

Councillor Roz Chadd, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Education and Skills, welcomed the news.

He said: "This money will enable 750 more people to take advantage of training that will lead to long term employment – opportunities that could equally appeal to people who have become unemployed in the wake of Covid-19.

"A shortage of skills in the construction industry reinforces the importance of training the next generation of a skilled building workforce.

"With extra safety measures in place at all sites, Covid-19 awareness training for all trainees and most sites back up and running to deliver their projects, there will be further training available, following completion of the basic training that this funding will provide."

According to Councillor Chadd, the initial year of running the training scheme was a success, with almost 480 people becoming employed directly after the two week courses.

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