There is always some hilarity when a politican tries their hand at bricklaying or other construction activities…. While some look down on the skills, they often do take time to learn, master and perfect before we can enjoy anything close to a reasonable new home, new road or new development..
The Goverment has announced today that two regions are set to benefit from an extra half million pounds to deliver construction bootcamps on top of the £43m announced for national skills bootcamps last year. These bootcamps will offer free and flexible courses for adults aged 19 or over, looking to fast track their way into a new career with a local employer.
The two regions set to bebnefit are the West Midlands Combined Authority and Devonn County Council. Both of these areas had already shown success in running camps on healthcare, business administration and programming.
Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan said:
“It is fantastic that we are expanding our construction skills bootcamps to help even more people gain the vital skills the sector is crying out for.
“Skills bootcamps are unique, giving people the chance to upskill or retrain for free over a short period of time, with a clear line of sight to a job at the end.
“I’d encourage anyone in the West Midlands or the South West who is looking for new opportunities in construction to find out more”.
The Government will be rolling out the bootcamps for construction across more of the country later this year if all is successful and the new recruits can maintain their jobs. Who knows, maybe one day an MP will also upskill and learn to lay a brick, tile a kitchen or saw some wood….Without looking like a plank.