Ben Houchen called in to Learning Curve Group’s Construction Academy in Middlesbrough as they begin to welcome learners back into practical classes.
The LCG Construction Academy provides young people and adults with skills that set them up for a trade career, with courses in bricklaying, plastering, joinery and painting and decorating.
Lockdown resulted in of Learning Curve Group’s face-to-face provision being paused overnight.
Tutors immediately built continuous training plans to ensure learners weren’t disadvantaged and could continue their studies whilst at home.
Tees mayor Houchen visited the academy after hearing how well LCG had adapted its delivery to the national lockdown and how quickly, effectively and safely they had been able to pick up where they left off.
He spoke to staff and students at the academy and even tried his hand at bricklaying.
“It was fantastic to visit Learning Curve Group’s Construction Academy to see the amazing work they are doing in training our workers of the future,” said mayor Houchen.
“It was brilliant to see they have been able to resume their training safely and effectively so soon despite the impact the coronavirus is having on all of us.
“It’s vital we have organisations like Learning Curve Group giving young people the skills they need to fill these jobs.
“I’ve already announced 390 construction jobs on Teesworks over the next 12 months, and we want these filled by local businesses employing skilled local people.”
Nicole Bewley, director of Skills at Learning Curve Group, said: “We’re exceptionally proud of how our academy staff have worked to get learners back into the academy, continuing their studies, safely.
“We’re committed to helping individuals develop essential skills for the many new jobs that are coming to the region.
“We’re determined the current situation won’t hold these plans back so this is a fantastic time for individuals to get in touch.”