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Sanctuary’s commitment to creating employment and training in Worcester

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Sanctuary’s commitment to creating employment and training in Worcester


Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Care and Support, Education

Sanctuary Grove in Worcester - a National Skills Academy site Sanctuary Grove in Worcester - a National Skills Academy site

Sanctuary Group is the first Registered Provider of social housing in England to be awarded National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) status and is as committed as ever to creating employment and training opportunities through its construction programme, as its major new care development in Worcester is demonstrating.

The NSAfC is delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council for the construction industry, and aims to deliver high quality construction training to prepare people for jobs, up-skill the existing workforce and attract new talent to the industry - all of which Sanctuary Group will implement at its £22 million scheme at the University Park site in St John’s.

Sanctuary Grove is the Group’s largest care development to date and will include a 60-bed care home, a 60-unit extra care scheme and 40 close care homes for older people, as well as a central hub providing a range of shared facilities for future residents.

With regional construction partner Stepnell, Sanctuary Group is committed to ensuring that the development delivers not only new homes but also offers a range of employment and training opportunities for local people – core objectives achieved by working closely with Stepnell, their supply chains and other partners.

A ‘Meet the Partners’ event held for Sanctuary Grove highlighted the training opportunities that Sanctuary and Stepnell will create on site – and these are already being delivered.

In addition to the local sub-contractors working on the scheme, there are three apprentices currently working at the care development and two local bricklaying students from Worcester College of Technology have just completed work experience placements at the site. Further work experience placements are scheduled and there are also plans for a formal training academy at Sanctuary Grove, starting later this month.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary Group director - property, said: “Sanctuary’s goals and expectations are high for Sanctuary Grove – both in terms of the homes we are building and the employment and training opportunities it will create for local people.”

He added: “We will strive to ensure that the development brings the widest possible benefits to the local community, and our success in gaining NSAfC status is very much thanks to the on-going support of our contractors and other partners. This national award is an important milestone, and we hope to use it to help create more employment and training opportunities, to leave a lasting legacy in Worcester long after the development itself is completed.”

Karen Ryan, Stepnell best practice manager, said: “As one of the region’s oldest construction companies, Stepnell has always been a great advocate of apprenticeships which have been vital in helping us attract and retain talented people within the business.  Apprentices are also key to our future success and ensure the long-term sustainability of not just Stepnell but also of the UK construction industry.”

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