A new learning centre will ensure that workers building the new Royal Liverpool Hospital can gain extra skills.
And the centre – a joint initiative between Carillion and UCATT – can also be used by the local community to help them gain work.
The centre provides opportunities for trainees to learn their trade while they are on the site and it will also be used to provide support to long term unemployed by giving help in applying for jobs, CV writing and interview training.
One day safety courses will also be held so workers can gain the Construction Skills Certification Scheme accreditation.
UCATT Executive Council member Wayne Sloane has been appointed as the learning coordinator for the centre.
It was opened by the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson. He said: “This is a superb initiative by UCATT and Carillion.
“With the Royal – which is largely using local labour- not only will we have a legacy of a world-class hospital but we will have a workforce which has greater skills to stand them in better stead to get work and benefit the city region.
“And it will give local people a much better chance of finding employment.”
Andy Fisher, UCATT Regional Secretary said: “This Learning Centre is a facility not often found on construction sites and demonstrates what can be achieved. It also shows the vital role Trade Unions can play in enhancing life chances and improving employability. Thanks must also go to the Hospital Trust and Carillion for their complete buy-in to this Centre and shows all concerned have moved forward as social partners on this project”.
Simon Webb Managing Director, Carillion for the Royal Liverpool Hospital project, said: “The centre is focused on delivering qualifications for construction workers and with the specific aim of the long term unemployed getting work training and qualifications. This is a learning facility for everyone regardless of status and can be used by the project and the community.”
Pictured: Mayor Anderson opens the centre with Simon Webb, Andy Fisher and Wayne Sloane.