Deal aims to boost construction skills

By Jim Dunton - Wed 3 July 2013, 4:10 pm

Enfield Council, business leaders and local colleges have signed up to a charter aimed at helping more people across the borough into skilled work in the construction industry.

The pact is designed to address a shortage of properly qualified staff in the sector, and ensure that more local people help deliver the major infrastructure projects planned for the borough, such as the £1.3 billion Meridian Water development.

As well as the council, the partners include London Chamber of Commerce, the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, along with Barnet and Southgate College.

Councillor Del Goddard, Enfield’s business and regeneration lead, said it was “critically important” that people in Enfield have the skills and training to help the construction industry complete the massive regeneration projects set to take place in the borough, and that the charter would help that aim.

“It would be a missed opportunity if the thousands of jobs the construction industry will need in coming years are provided to people outside this borough rather than our own residents,“ he said.

“That's why I am delighted business leaders and the construction industry have agreed to put the recruitment of apprentices and trainees at the top of their list of priorities and are going to give a firm commitment to making sure workers have the skills they need to help build the Enfield of tomorrow."