Newman to Chair Professional Construction Employment & Skills Academy

Associate Director at Bondholder firm Morrison Design, Peter Newman has taken over the helm of fellow Bondholder Derby College’s Professional Construction Employment & Skills Academy.

Newman will chair an Advisory Board of representatives from ten other local and regional companies specialising in all aspects of professional construction, and has taken over from Rebecca Hartshorn, Design and Sustainability Manager at Bowmer & Kirkland.

The employers will provide a wide range of work placements, visits, projects, mock interviews and specialist lectures for learners and apprentices on the full and part time Professional Construction study programmes.

Peter Newman said: "Many aspects of professional construction suffer from skills shortages so, by raising the profile of the industry amongst young people and supporting them into the workplace, we can tackle this growing issue.

“It is vital that employers work closely with education providers to bridge the gap between the skills provided and the reality of what is required in the workplace.

“By bringing together professionals from across the industry, we are able to share the broader view on skills requirements and offer the learners a wide range of experience as part of their study programmes.

“Morrison Design has a long relationship with Derby College and have recruited a number of young people in apprenticeship roles here.

“We have a number of long standing clients in specialist industries ranging from hotel and leisure to nuclear and science facilities.

“These require specialist skills and knowledge and, by recruiting young people at the start of their careers, we can mould and train them at an early age with the skills to be a vital part of the team.”

April Hayhurst, Derby College Deputy Principal – Employer and Economic Affairs, added: “Employers consistently tell us that they want young people who are work ready and have the employability skills that will help them to grow their business.

“The Employment and Skills Academies are designed to do just that by bringing together employers and their staff together with students to bridge the skills gap and provides young people with a springboard into employment.