City & Guilds sets an ‘industry leading benchmark’ with Willmott Dixon

City & Guilds sets an ‘industry leading benchmark’ with Willmott Dixon

11 February 2013 / Be the first to comment

City & Guilds has expressed its ‘pride, honour and delight’ in its role in launching a £1 million skills academy in partnership with Willmott Dixon.

The construction and regeneration company, based in Birmingham, has forged a partnership with City & Guilds to provide 2000 people with bespoke training for the construction industry each year.

The Willmott Dixon 4Life Academy will offer lifetime skills at NVQ level two and three and will also act as a National Centre of Excellence for Willmott Dixon across the UK.

Speaking about the partnership, Huw Evans, Head of Training for Willmott Dixon, said: ‘City & Guilds was the first accreditation body we looked at and we wanted them on board from the outset.

‘They represent the benchmark and industry leading standard in vocational learning, so we are delighted to be working so closely with them. In addition, they have the ability to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the construction industry in order to offer the solutions we require. That was a big factor.’

Students attending the 4Life Academy will be able to choose courses that include technical trade skills, emerging technologies, health and safety, supervisor skills and energy efficiency, as well as employability skills such as IT and CV writing. A series of community programmes and DIY sessions will also be run at the Centre.

Meanwhile, Steve Hewitt, Head of Product at City & Guilds for Business, said: ‘It is extremely exciting to be involved with the Willmott Dixon Academy. We are very proud, honoured and delighted.

‘This facility is hugely important in providing youngsters with the skills needed to prosper in modern construction. Our involvement means we can provide the necessary qualifications to match every individual need.’

Steve added that he believes the partnership is not only beneficial for both organisations, but also for the whole of the construction industry - qualifying people with the most up-to-date skills will stand the profession in good stead for the future.

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