Think Work Summit: the council launches strategy for the future of work

23 November 2018
Think work summet
On Wednesday 31 October, Waltham Forest held its first Think Work Summit, which brought together key professionals from across a range of sectors to discuss the future of work and skills, and potential solutions to new challenges that are emerging in employment. The Summit was chaired by Cllr Simon Miller,
the Lead Member for Economic Growth and High Streets, while Cllr Clare Coghill, the Leader of the Council, opened the event with our ‘Think Work’ vision to support residents and businesses to be able to adapt to the changing nature of work.
 
Announced at the Summit, the Council has partnered with Dudley College of Technology and Simian Risk for the future development of the construction training centre in Leytonstone, which will place it at the cutting edge of new skills and technology in the construction sector in London. We were delighted to welcome colleagues from Dudley College to the Summit and to have Lowell Williams, Chief Executive, speak about their experiences in delivering a wide range of training courses to support residents and the industry as a whole. 
 
Dudley College are one of twenty Outstanding Further Education Colleges in the UK and are considered a national leader of training in modern methods of construction delivery. The new partnership will meet the demands of traditional trades, while also providing the high-quality training required to meet the needs of an evolving industry, which excitingly includes training courses on Virtual Reality, digital technology and other modern methods of construction.
 
Simian Risk will bring expertise to ensure that the Centre continues to assist the industry to fill crucial skills gaps in the scaffolding sector, while innovatively developing tailor-made solutions.
 
For more information about the Think Work programme, please get in touch by email: thinkwork@walthamforest.gov.uk