North East construction firms must consider staff training

Improving skills is key to capitalising on growth, says England's largest education sub-contractor partner

North East construction firms must press ahead with employee training to capitalise on the resurgent industry’s recent growth, England’s largest education sub-contractor partner has urged.

County Durham-based Learning Curve says a 2.2% output jump across the sector late last year is evidence that the time is right for companies to reinvest in improving the skills of staff.

It claims opportunities for growth could be missed or hampered unless firms increase training opportunities and set a course away from the recession and towards a more positive future. Learning Curve, which delivers £20m of Adult Skills Budget provision annually, trains hundreds of young people at its specialist skill centres in Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Bishop Auckland.

The education specialist is now starting new construction-based apprenticeships in painting and decorating, joinery, bricklaying and plastering.

Managing director Brenda McLeish said: “The big upsurge in the fortunes of the construction industry is clear and it is vitally important that companies in that sector have the foresight and confidence to push ahead.”

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