A new educational programme to develop the next generation of construction talent has opened at The Sheffield College.
The Kier Construction Academy offers a two-year programme to equip young people with the latest vocational and business skills that the company and sector need.
Twenty-eight students have been successful in securing a place and have started their studies at the academy, which is based at the College’s City Campus, on Granville Road, and backed by Kier, a leading provider of construction and infrastructure services.
The students are completing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, equivalent to A Levels. Course subjects include construction design, technology, project management, surveying, civil and site engineering as well as building regulations and measurement techniques.
Kier will be involved in the curriculum by helping to provide specialist speakers, workplace visits, industry placement, special projects, masterclasses and references.
“We are delighted to unveil our first construction employer skills academy, thanks to the backing of leading UK company Kier,” Anita Straffon, Deputy Chief Executive of The Sheffield College.
“The academy will enable our students to build the skills that employers need for a sustainable future, so they become highly employable and go further in their careers.”
Donna Howard, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Kier Regional Building North & Scotland, said: “We are really excited and proud to be part of The Sheffield College’s first construction-related employers skills academy. This skills academy is a fantastic opportunity to help tackle the industry’s current skills gap.
“We will help to better prepare students for employment by developing the academy students’ skills, knowledge and experience by providing work placement opportunities, delivering relevant workshops and showcasing the range of careers the built environment has to offer by sharing our own personal career journeys.”