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£5bn Liverpool regeneration project to partner with college for apprenticeships

The Liverpool Waters regeneration project and The City of Liverpool College have announced a partnership that will provide local students with apprenticeship opportunities on the project’s various developments.

Development partners at Liverpool Waters, which covers over 60 hectares and 2.3km of docklands, will have access to college’s skilled apprentices, who will in turn benefit from working on one of the biggest regeneration projects in Europe.

Liverpool Waters says the demand for skilled apprentices is increasing at a rapid rate.

Ian Pollitt, assistant project director at Liverpool Waters, said:  ‘Working closely with The City of Liverpool College means that we have access to a talent pool of 10,000 local apprentices, which will become invaluable as our project continues to pick up pace.

‘We’re constantly welcoming new partners to our scheme, and a commitment of our partnership is that every single contractor and developer meets with the college to discuss their requirements and how the college can support them to meet these.

‘This not only allows them to find some fantastic placements for their students, but the college can also encourage businesses to think creatively about their needs, as well as the kind of roles they’ll be looking to fill in the future.’

Developments on the site are already taking shape, including the residential apartment buildings Plaza 1821 and The Lexington at Princes Dock, as well as international developer Romal Capital’s Quay Central at Central Docks.

Elaine Bowker, principal of The City of Liverpool College, added:  ‘Through this partnership, we are creating opportunities for our students whilst providing these organisations with highly skilled and motivated apprentices. As a result, we’re able to give our students both the experience and the education to have an excellent career in the construction industry.

‘We know that these skills are in high demand. As a college, we are reactive to this need and by offering a wide range of qualifications in a variety of disciplines, from GCSEs to Higher Apprenticeships, we can ensure that our students are equipped to meet these requirements.

‘This partnership presents us with a fantastic opportunity to connect local talent with these businesses, as well as help firms upskill their current workforce to make sure their businesses are prepared for the future.’

Earlier this year,  Peel Energy, the energy arm of Peel Land and Property, announced plans to develop a district heat network at Liverpool Waters, under the name of Mersey Heat.

Thomas Barrett
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