Thursday 11th January 2018


A fantastic opportunity arose for contractors in the construction industry this week, to be involved with and find out more about how the Sherford Skills Training Centre can benefit them and their employees.

Held at City College Plymouth, the event was hosted by Steven Ricketts, Sherford Skills Training Co-ordinator, who provided insight as to how the local skills shortage was going to be addressed by the revolutionary new facility. This included presentations from key members behind the development, as well as key business influencers, including Richard Darlow, Projects Director at Brookbanks and Bernadette Parkinson, Group Training Officer at Plymouth Construction Training Group.

As part of the Sherford Skills Training Scheme, the training centre will engage a variety of users, including an estimated 93 existing individuals already working onsite and 30 sub-contractors. 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, providing training and practical experience to help them develop professionally.

Those using the training centre will be supported by expert onsite teams, teaching staff, as well as a dedicated training coordinator based at the facility, all of which will be CITB approved. Some of the core training areas that will be on offer include; English bond bricklaying, traditional roofing styles in slate and facades, specialist carpentry, drylining and sealants and general ground working.

Not only will there be a variety of qualifications available at the training centre for apprentices, including OCNL – Level 1 Certificates and Awards, but uniquely, additional non-vocational training will be provided on demand, depending on the different sub-contractor’s requirements for their employees. This, will enable sub-contractors to train their people where they work, in CITB approved courses, taught by CITB approved training providers.

The morning ended with the incredible estimation that within the next 5 years, 10,000 jobs will be created, to cover the current skills gap in Plymouth. This enormous figure reinforces how important the training centre will be to Sherford and the legacy that it will leave behind.

For those interested in finding out more about the training opportunities available at Sherford, or further information regarding the Skills Training Centre, please contact