Articles from Leeds College of Building

Civil engineering firm sees boost in local apprenticeships

Leeds civil engineering firm, Connaught, are celebrating after their recent expansion enabled the recruitment of five new apprentices, with more positions becoming available in the near future (@WeAre_LCB).

Leeds College of Building Marks Colleges Week 2021 with Hands-On Activities

Leeds College of Building (@WeAre_LCB) is dedicating 18 – 22 October to #CollegesWeek2021 and hosting its first face-to-face open event post-COVID19 to mark the national awareness campaign.Held on Thursday 21 October (5-7pm) at its North Street Campus, the open event will allow students to meet the team, tour the workshops, speak to peers, learn more about the courses on offer, and see the resources and facilities available. The campus is home to one of the largest Painting & Decorating training facilities in the UK.Leeds College of Building is also inviting women over the age of 16 to sample Construction Crafts courses free of charge. The taster events are designed for those considering a career change or wanting to develop new skills. Currently, women make up around 14% of construction industry professionals in the UK. Yet, according to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), it is estimated that the sector needs to recruit more than 217,000 new workers between now and 2025 to support its current activity. The issue is worsened by an ageing workforce, with 22% of the UK’s construction workforce aged over 50.The College is inviting women to book free places on the taster days in Wall & Floor Tiling (27 October), Carpentry & Joinery (28 October), and Painting & Decorating (29 October). The female-only taster events will run at the College’s North Street Campus from 9.30am-2.30pm each day.Nationally, events are taking place all week, with Thursday dedicated to taking action on climate change. With the government’s comprehensive spending review taking place imminently, Colleges Week is also a reminder to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak that funding colleges, training, and skills is the catalyst for a stronger, fairer and more resilient society.

Building College offers free taster days for women to help narrow skills gap

Leeds College of Building (@WeAre_LCB) is offering women over the age of 16 the opportunity to sample Construction Crafts courses free of charge. The taster events are designed for those considering a career change or wanting to develop new skills.

Leeds decorator named Apprentice of the Year

A Leeds apprentice is showcasing the opportunities for women in painting and decorating, after being named Senior Apprentice of the Year (@WeAre_LCB). Nicole Germaine, 24, took part in a nationwide competition hosted by the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) earlier this year.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority invests over £1million into the future of a skilled workforce for the construction industry

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire has visited Leeds College of Building (@WeAre_LCB) to celebrate the college receiving over £1million of grant funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Adult Education Budget (AEB), allocated to support adults in learning skills needed by West Yorkshire’s construction industry. The Mayor also took a tour of the new South Bank campuses, one of which was part funded by the Combined Authority.

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