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The Kier Construction Academy, a new educational programme to develop the next generation of construction talent has opened at The Sheffield College.

The Academy offers a two-year programme to equip young people with the latest vocational and business skills needed for a career in the built environment. In its first year, the course was oversubscribed and so, there has been two cohorts made up of 28 students.

Students undertaking the course are completing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment. Course subjects include construction design, technology, project management, surveying, civil and site engineering as well as building regulations and measurement techniques.

Kier will be involved in the curriculum by helping to provide specialist speakers, workplace visits, industry placement, special projects, masterclasses and references.

Donna Howard, corporate responsibility manager at Kier Regional Building North & Scotland, said: “We are really excited and proud to be part of The Sheffield College’s first construction-related employers skills academy.

“This skills academy is a fantastic opportunity to help tackle the industry’s current skills gap, we will help to better prepare students for employment by developing the academy students skills, knowledge and experience by providing work placement opportunities, delivering relevant workshops and showcasing the range of careers the built environment has to offer by sharing our own personal career journey’s.”

Anita Straffon, Deputy Chief Executive, The Sheffield College, said: “We are delighted to unveil our first construction employer skills academy, thanks to the backing of leading UK company Kier. The academy will enable our students to build the skills that employers need for a sustainable future, so they become highly employable and go further in their careers.”


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