Drayton & Taverham

New training centre will help county build for the future

Just Regional
Mar 24, 2023 2 mins read

A new centre to train people for work in the construction section has been officially opened in Hellesdon.
The Norfolk Adult Learning Training Centre is based at the Hellesdon Hall Industrial Estate and has been developed in response to an increased demand in the county.

Adult Learning submitted a successful bid to the Community Renewal Fund and secured £568,000 to develop a sustainable construction curriculum and two new construction training centres for adult learners in the county.

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, cabinet member for communities and partnerships at Norfolk County Council, said: “This new centre is one of two new facilities which will enable us to focus on the need to increase training opportunities in the construction industry within the county, including sustainable practices and training that helps to support our green agenda.

“We welcomed our first learners to the new Hellesdon centre in November last year and are looking forward to welcoming more learners in King’s Lynn when our next new centre opens in the spring.”

From January 2022, Adult Learning introduced the construction curriculum at a temporary training centre at Wensum Lodge in Norwich. In the initial 12 months, 600 learners completed courses in a range of construction skills, the most popular being carpentry. In the next year, the service plans to increase its delivery to 1,000 learners.”

Denise Saadvandi, head of Norfolk Adult Learning, said: “This new centre is going to be a real asset for preparing the future workforce.
“We’ll be able to provide state-of-the-art hands on experience so that when people start their careers they already have a wealth of experience in order to hit the ground running. As a service we are committed to ensuring that people have the rights skills to enable them to have good careers in the county.”

An Adult Learning spokesperson added: “Thirty-three per cent (198) of our initial construction learners were female, and this compares well with the 1 per cent of construction operatives who are female in industry. The current pay gap for construction operatives is 23 per cent.
“By providing skills and qualifications we aim to address this issue so that we both increase the proportion of female construction workers, and our female learners will secure better paid jobs in industry.”

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