Keepmoat and partners launch construction “Skills Village” in Scarborough

Regeneration and housing specialist, Keepmoat, along with its partners Scarborough Borough Council, Yorkshire Coast College, Redcar and Cleveland College, Kebbell, and Scarborough JobMatch, are proud to be part of the creation of Scarborough’s very first Skills Village, based at the house builder’s Middle Deepdale development.

The Skills Village, pioneered by Scarborough Borough Council, is located between both Keepmoat and Kebbell developments. It aims to deliver the skills required to arm individuals with the necessary knowledge and access routes into the construction industry as demand for skilled labour in the area increases.

Keepmoat, along with its partners will support the local community by providing training and work placement opportunities in a bid to support local businesses, raise industry awareness and improve economic wellbeing by identifying and supporting members of the community secure employment within the trade.

The Skills Village was officially opened earlier this month and provides a safe, flexible and accessible training facility for anyone wishing to get their first step on the ladder of the construction industry. The partners hope the Skills Village will develop and employment and skills programme to meet current and future demands of the construction sector.

By planning for the coastal town’s future, and ensuring the next generation of skilled workers are unearthed, Scarborough Borough Council has committed capital funding to the cause, in order for the partners to purchase porter cabins to be used for training, shelter and the storage of tools.

Sarah Booth, community engagement and investment manager, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be part of this unique Skills Village here at Middle Deepdale, this is a great accolade for the town of Scarborough and will be instrumental in meeting the skills shortage.

“We look forward to the apprentices and young people trained through JobMatch to be tendering for work and being employed by the supply chain to deliver future phases of development.”

David Kelly, economic development manager at Scarborough Borough Council, said;:“The council and its key partners have very ambitious housing and infrastructure plans for the area including building 10,000 new homes, a new Sports and Leisure Village incorporating Coventry University Scarborough Campus and Scarborough University Technical College, a new waterpark and the Potash mine.

“To deliver this agenda needs thousands of skilled construction workers and the Skills Village will help us deliver our ambitions.”

Katie Abley, employment & skills partnership manager at Jobmatch, said: “The Skills Village is a unique learning environment for not only new young people coming into the industry but also the up-skilling of existing labour or those that have left the industry and would like to return.

“The Skills Village will simulate a live construction site with the provision delivered being industry led from the local recruitment needs of developments in the area. Scarborough Jobmatch are perfectly placed to be able to work with people training through the Skills Village and link them up to the industry opportunities.”

Scarborough’s “Skills Village” is opened



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