Acad­emy to pro­vide key work skills

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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.

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