Wolverhampton College - HS2

In the West Midlands we deliver vital equipment and services to HS2, a high-speed 345 mile railway track under construction which, once complete, will connect London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. HS2 is currently one of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK, and phase one will link London and Birmingham by 2028-2031. Phase two runs from the West Midlands to Manchester in the west and Leeds in the east completing the network by 2035-2040. 

Customer Name
Wolverhampton College
Project and Location
Wolverhampton

Challenge

The UK construction industry is a major sector within the UK economy and is growing rapidly. In the West Midlands alone, this industry will unlock up to 100,000 jobs for trained workers in the next ten years.

However, there is a national skills shortage in this industry. It has an ageing workforce and a decreasing pipeline of younger workers.It is vital the younger generation are trained and skilled to the right level to be able to meet this future demand.

Solution

Sunbelt is working closely with its customer HS2 to support a new construction plant training centre at the City of Wolverhampton College.

The centre aims to help local people start a career in the construction industry and has been launched with funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). They are funding the training at the centre through the Construction Gateway, which offers unemployed people free construction training and a guaranteed job interview at the end of the course.

Based at the college’s Wellington Road campus, the centre will give adults the skills they need to work on major infrastructure projects in the region, such as HS2, the Midland Metro expansion, new business parks and cycle routes.

To support this training Sunbelt is loaning vital equipment to the college. Completely free of charge, it will help enhance the course effectiveness considerably through providing

  • Excavators
  • Dumpers
  • Road rollers

The use of the equipment at the training centre will help trainees work towards the short part-time qualifications, NVQs and full cost courses in construction groundworks on offer.

The equipment used on the courses will help those attending gain skills in machine operation, maintenance and site health and safety. They will also be able to work towards gaining their red and blue Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) cards which are required to work on construction sites.

At the launch for the centre, the Sunbelt team also provided a simulator to help engage potential trainees and let them see for themselves what working in the industry could be like.

Results

Sunbelt will continue its support as the college plans to train 250 people in its first year. It is vital this industry shortage is offset now. The team is proud to be able to contribute and help local people gain the skills and knowledge they need to move into work on significant construction projects in the region.

Sunbelt will continue its support and to carry on collaborating across the industry to add value in this sector

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