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Council welcomes new Herefordshire skills academy

Herefordshire Council is pleased to announce it has been awarded National Skills Academy for Construction status by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The Herefordshire skills academy has been developed in conjunction with partner organisations Balfour Beatty Living Places and Integral UK Limited and will play a key role in the county’s construction industry.  The skills academy will allow the council to work with construction partners to deliver important employment and skills outcomes, including construction apprenticeships, work experience placements, subcontractor training and graduate opportunities.  Additionally, we will be able to embed this client based approach in all future construction related procurement processes and planning policies.

Councillor Tony Johnson, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “We are pleased to welcome the new skills academy to Herefordshire.  The role of the construction industry is pivotal to the continuing success and development of Herefordshire as a thriving county.  We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the CITB and our partners to deliver such a range of benefits for Herefordshire’s residents and the local construction sector.

“I would like to thank our contractors Balfour Beatty Living Places and Integral UK Limited for supporting us with our application for accredited National Skills Academy status.  They will be the first contractors to partner with us on this initiative.”

Andy Williams, Balfour Beatty Living Places contracts director, said: “We are thrilled to be working as part of this project and are confident that Balfour Beatty’s previous experience of working with a client based approach will ensure the same successes will be delivered in Herefordshire.” Amongst other outcomes, Balfour Beatty Living Places will deliver 100 work experience placements and 25 apprenticeships over the life of their contract with the council."

Steve Collins, regional director for Integral UK Limited, said: “We’re passionate about making a positive impact in the communities where we work and look forward to developing, in partnership with the CITB and the council, a variety of opportunities for Herefordshire residents through our skills and training initiatives.” Two school students have already undertaken work experience placements with Integral as part of the skills academy in advance of the formal launch, and the contractor is now working towards delivering a range of other outcomes as part of the project.

If you are a school or other education or training provider and are interested in how to get involved with the Herefordshire National Skills Academy for Construction, please contact the council’s project co-ordinator, Becca Antink at

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