College supports forum

MORE than 50 representatives of the construction industry are expected to attend Stoke on Trent College tomorrow to hear from city council regeneration chief John Betty.

As Interim Director of Place, City Renewal Services, Mr Betty is attending the launch event of the Constructing Staffordshire Excellence Forum, where he will speak to contractors about future developments in the city and how they can make successful bids so local firms carry out this work.

Andy Greenhough, Director of Employer Engagement at the college, said: “

It’s great that John Betty can speak at this event for the Forum, which aims to bring local organisations and companies together to work with each other in order to win local contracts. As a college, it’s all about working with employers to develop the training they really need, whether that’s in new technologies or legislation, which is something people at the forefront of the industry can be overtaken by because they don’t have time to upskill their workforce.”

Forum chairman Alan Brough, of ABA Consulting Structural & Civil Engineers, explained the aims of the Forum.

He said:

“Opportunities within the construction sector are increasing, and our aim is to bring together all sectors of the industry to share best practice and to link up with education to provide the skills required going forward and create business opportunities for local companies. The public sector is obviously a major employer in the construction sector, and John Betty quite a wide brief on the day to talk about the shape of things to come in the city and the business opportunities this will create. This is essentially a relaunch event in which the college have been very successfully involved, and hopefully we can now grow and move forward.”

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