Academy to provide key work skills
A new skills academy will be created as part of plans for the construction of a council sheltered homes scheme.
We previously reported how Ashford Borough Council (ABC) had given the go-ahead for the modernisation of Farrow Court in Stanhope.
As part of the move, ABC has now approved a scheme which aims to give young people who have left school with few or no qualifications the opportunity to work, including on the construction site, gaining valuable experience.
The aim is to then get them into employment or an apprenticeship, helping the local economy.
It will be run by Denne Construction Limited, who gained recognition in 2012 for its skills academy on the Stanhope regeneration site.
Council leader Cllr Gerry Clarkson said: “The creation of the proven skills academy model will promote training and jobs in the borough and give an opportunity to local people that will be an additional legacy for this borough.
“It is crucial that as a forwardthinking authority, we plan ahead and provide the highest quality accommodation for our older residents.”
The first phase of work is anticipated to be completed by March 2015, with phase two being completed in 2016.