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Harlow College Awarded Funding for Skills Hub

Harlow College is proud and excited to be a part of the Construction Skills Fund. We look forward to working with the Department for Education, the Construction Industry Training Board and our partners to deliver construction training programmes for local people that meet the needs of employers and address the construction skills shortage.

New ‘hubs’ based at live construction sites will train up thousands of workers and help tackle skills shortages in the construction industry, Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced today (16 November).

Harlow and our neighbouring districts are entering a significant period of growth with potential for the construction of over 16,000 new homes in Harlow and the Gilston Garden Town over the next 15 years. This, combined with the relocation of Public Health England to a new £400 million world leading public health campus in the town, will create great career opportunities for the local population. Through the Construction Skills Fund, Harlow College will construct a purpose-built training hub from which we will deliver high quality training and skills development programmes that create a pipeline of site-ready construction workers for these and future construction projects.

Karen Spencer, Principal of Harlow College, said: "The Construction Skills Fund gives us an exciting opportunity to address our local skills gap. Harlow is a major hub for development over the next few years, with the relocation of Public Health England, a new junction on the M11, the expansion of Stansted Airport and the new Garden Towns. We are therefore delighted to have been awarded this project to work with a range of employers leading the development of a high quality training facility."

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