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New ‘job shop’ to support South West construction

""A new construction ‘job shop’ has opened in Plymouth, in an effort to tackle skills gaps while promoting exciting careers.

Launched by the SWH Group in collaboration with the city council’s Building Plymouth initiative, the shop will also attempt to tackle some of the stereotypes that surround the building trade.

Some 6,480 construction jobs are set to be generated in the South West every year over the coming half-decade as a result of major infrastructure investments, CITB has predicted.

Over the next five years, around 2,700 non-construction professional, technical and IT staff may be required each year, along with 790 senior executive and process managers.

Another 480 bricklayers may be required, in addition to 400 plasterers and 230 roofers.

After launching earlier this month, the job shop will now offer a wealth of information regarding the different types of construction role that need to be filled to support projects in the Plymouth area.

With many apprenticeship opportunities available in the construction sector, those looking for more details can visit the shop in the SWH office, which is also part of the site of the new £4.85 million Plymouth Coach Station.

Thanks to its close proximity to this major construction project, SWH said people visiting the office will be able to see a high-profile scheme first-hand.

Members of the public will be able to drop in to the shop on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10am and noon. While listing vacancies, it will also offer things like information sessions and workshops.

John Matthews, training manager at the SWH Group, said it is important to bring "new blood" into the local construction industry.

He said: "I've worked in construction for 40 years and there has never been a time like this. It's really exciting for young people in Plymouth at the moment and it’s a secure career path."

As well as the projects in Plymouth, CITB has pointed to other major South West construction schemes on the horizon, including the planned nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C and the proposed Avon power station in Bristol.

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