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Wednesday 21st March 2018

MEET EMMA COMBER: THE NEW SHERFORD SKILLS TRAINING CENTRE CO-ORDINATOR

With the revolutionary Sherford Skills Training Centre set to open its doors next month, we are pleased to announce that Emma Comber has been appointed as the new Training Centre Co-ordinator.

Responsible for the co-ordination and facilitation of the CITB funded project ‘Sherford Skills’, Emma will be responsible for leading the development of the construction training taking place at the centre, as well as the qualifications available to trainees – ensuring that these meet the needs of local and onsite contractors and businesses. Find out more about Emma and her role below.

As part of the Sherford Skills Training Scheme, the training centre will engage a variety of users, including individuals and sub-contractors already working at Sherford. It will also be used by those looking to retrain or learn new skills, with 60% of this group expected to be former members of the Armed Forces, boosting manual skills by providing training and experience across several major construction trades.

What is your professional background?

I have extensive experience in the education management sector, and particularly within construction apprenticeship provision. I have worked with businesses on both a local and national basis assisting with the recruitment of apprentices’, upskilling of staff and implementing standalone training courses.

Will you be based at the new centre full time?

To begin with, my working days will be Tuesdays, Wednesday mornings and Thursdays. During this time, my hours will be split between the centre and appointments with the developers, contractors, local organisations and future students to the centre. I will, of course, set aside dedicated hours each week where I welcome an open-door policy to the Sherford Training Centre for anyone who would like to find out more, grab a cuppa and discuss any training needs!

Why were you attracted to the role of Sherford Skills Coordinator?

With Sherford being one of the most innovative developments in the country, the opening of this position was something I naturally gravitated towards. With my training experience, I felt I would be a great fit, supporting the opening of the revolutionary training centre within the community. It is a privilege to have been offered this role.

What will be your key areas of responsibility at the Training Centre?

I will be responsible for the co-ordination and facilitation of the project. I will support construction training and qualifications relating to the skills needs of the onsite employers and employees, whilst supporting the retraining of individuals wanting to start and/or enhance a career in construction.

What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?

With a development of this scale, the pull on local construction skills is enormous. With skills gaps and shortages already existing, I hope the training centre will help tackle this by engaging a variety of users, including individuals and sub‐contractors already working at Sherford. It will also be used by those looking to retrain or learn new skills, with 60% of this group expected to be former members of the Armed Forces. The centre will provide them with training and practical experience to help them develop professionally.

Where did you hear about Sherford, and what excites you the most about working at the new community?

Living local to the Sherford development, I have always had my ear to the ground with plans for upcoming developments. It is such a fantastic opportunity to play a part in assisting those working so hard in building our future.

If contractors would like to know more about the training centre opportunities, can they contact you – and if so how?

Absolutely, please feel free to contact me via email on ecomber@cityplym.ac.uk