Lewisham Construction Hub Officially Opened

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[Attached pic L-R: Denise Atkinson, Lewisham Construction Hub;  Vanessa Packham, Lewisham Southwark College; Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham; Chris Dransfield, Build London; and Antoinette Roper, BE Group.]

LONDON BOROUGH OF LEWISHAM

Media release: Thursday 22 February 2018

Ref: MR317

Lewisham Construction Hub officially opened 

Lewisham residents looking for a way into the construction industry can now get support from a dedicated hub which opened on Thursday 1 February.

The Lewisham Construction Hub brings together expertise to help residents find jobs, training, apprenticeships and work experience in the construction industry.

The hub is a new partnership between Lewisham Council, Lewisham Southwark College, Build London and BE Group and is funded by the council and the Mayor of London.

Businesses based in Lewisham will also be able to benefit from a range of services including contract alerts, tendering workshops, advice on employing apprentices and other recruitment needs and a programme of events. Construction employers and developers will also receive support and guidance on apprenticeship levy funding.

Vanessa Packham, Director of Apprenticeships, Employment & Skills, Lewisham Southwark College, said: “We were delighted to be awarded this contract and to be able to work alongside our partners. Our learners need to be supported and this is a wonderful chance to create opportunities that might not have existed. I am very excited about the Lewisham Construction Hub and look forward to reporting on successes from this project.”

Chris Dransfield, Programme Director, Build London, said: “The Lewisham Construction Hub is a real example of what can be achieved with ambition, commitment and collaboration. If you are an organisation interested in  how to engage new apprentices or workers, or you just want to advertise vacancies locally, the central resource provided by the  Construction Hub will now be the go-to place in Lewisham.”

Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said: “The Lewisham Construction Hub project really matters to local people in this part of London. £2billion of development money is being invested in Lewisham so we could potentially see local people that are trained through the hub involved in future construction schemes. This is fantastic for the borough and for addressing the skills shortage in the construction industry.”

The Lewisham Construction Hub is based at Lewisham Southwark College’s Deptford site and is open from Monday to Friday from 9am–5pm.

For more information visit www.lewishamconstructionhub.co.uk, emailadmin@lewishamconstructionhub.co.uk or call 020 8314 7748.

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For more information contact media.relations@lewisham.gov.uk.