Waltham Forest Council and Dudley College of Technology to bring Virtual Reality, and Modern Methods of Construction training to East London

21 November 2018
Construction Training Centre

Waltham Forest Council has awarded Dudley College of Technology in partnership with Simian Risk, the Centre Manager contract for the council-led Construction Training Centre in Leyton.

We announced the partnership at its Think Work Summit where key influencers, decision makers, strategic partners and the industry came together to explore and inspire discussion around the key themes at the heart of our Think Work strategy.

Our partnership with the college and Simian Risk 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 modern methods of construction. The college will be working in partnership with Simian Risk – the UK’s largest scaffolding training provider, who will 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 industry.

As part of the new partnership, the borough will be implementing a new programme of resident engagement to promote construction and the built environment as an industry and ensure residents are aware of the upcoming opportunities linked to borough’s regeneration plans.

The centre’s proposed programme of activity also aligns with the Mayor of London’s agenda, which has identified the need for a programme of activity which “closes (sic) the gap between our ambitious housing targets and the need for more skilled construction workers in London”. The Mayor of London has since launched The Mayor’s Construction Academy (MCA) Scheme, which aims to fulfil the Mayor’s pledge.

The centre management partnership comes with MCA Kitemark status, which will enable us and Dudley College of Technology to work collaboratively with the GLA on their construction training agenda.

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “This new partnership will benefit learners from across east London. By promoting the use of virtual reality training courses, digital technology and modern methods of construction, the new centre will help realise the Mayor’s ambition to equip Londoners with the up-to-date skills employers need and create the workforce capable of delivering more homes in the future.”

Cllr Simon Miller, Waltham Forest’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets says, “We were delighted to welcome Dudley College of Technology to Waltham Forest at our Think Work Summit. They presented an exciting programme of activity and transformation to current centre activity and demonstrated a history of high-quality and innovative training delivery which will not only benefit our residents and the local economy, but the industry as a whole.

It is our ambition for the newly launched centre to deliver a wide range of training, which provides a complete overview of the built environment and construction process and considers the changing future of work.

We will push for a programme of training that is 100 per cent linked to employment and job progression opportunities; and tackles current skills shortages in the borough and across London, while providing insight and qualifications on the latest methods of delivery.”

Neil Thomas College Principal of Dudley College of Technology says “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to bring the expertise we have developed in the West Midlands in our Construction Apprenticeship Training Centre and our new centres for manufacturing and advanced building technologies to this area. We are confident we can build on the existing provision and do even more to address the huge skills needs of the sector in this locality.”

Dudley College of Technology 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. They are one of sixteen institutions nationwide to be selected by the Department of Education to develop a stage 2 proposal to create one of their flagship Institutes of Technology with a construction focus.

Dudley College will begin their tenure as Centre Manager in January 2019.