to get 1,000 unemployed into work
A 'Tarmacademy' to train
unemployed people in road laying is to be set up in Liverpool.
Kings Construction plans to open the centre; which would be the 1st of
its type in the North West; and would support 1,000 trainees into jobs and
apprenticeships over the next 5 years.
The aim is to tackle a shortage of qualified staff with the necessary skills
to take advantage of an estimated £250 million of highways work taking place
in the City over the next few years.
Tarmac company Cemex would also build an asphalt plant on the same site;
saving time, money and helping the environment by cutting out the need to
transport them to its base in Manchester which it has to do at the moment.
Trainees would gain necessary qualifications such as an NVQ in highways
skills and reinstatement, as well as the necessary certification (cards) to
secure employment with local businesses.
A report to the Cabinet, on Friday, 11 December 2015, was recommending that the
City Council supports the firm to find a suitable site close to North Liverpool
Docks on a 20 year lease which would provide training, apprenticeship and
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "This is a really exciting and
innovative opportunity for us to partner with the private sector and come up
with a scheme which will get a significant number of people into work. There are around a quarter of a billion pounds of major highways
infrastructure projects in the pipeline in the next few years as we tackle
the backlog of road repairs and invest in improvements to the network. We
must make sure that people from the City are best placed to get work on
these projects. By creating an asphalt factory in the City we will also be helping the
environment by making sure that the raw materials can be made
on site rather than being transported to Manchester and back."
In addition to the traineeships, the Tarmacademy would create 25 jobs for
trainers and administrators while the Cemex plant would employ 20 people.
If the report is approved by Cabinet, the next stage would be to identify a
suitable site and agree lease arrangements.