Building skills through the local construction supply chain

Plymouth City Council is bringing together some of the key national and regional construction contractors for the first ever Building Plymouth Supply Chain Roadshow taking place across Devon and Cornwall throughout January.

Aimed at engaging with their local supply chain, the Building Plymouth partners BAM Construction, Kier Construction, Midas, Morgan Sindall, Willmott Dixon, along with the Training Construction Groups of Plymouth, Cornwall and Devon, and the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board), aim to collectively drive a joined up industry approach to help overcome the growing shortage of skills in the local construction sector.

Building Plymouth was launched after it was identified that an estimated that 10,000 construction related jobs will be needed over the next ten years in the city.

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “Building Plymouth is committed to helping our local small to medium sized construction employers to recruit and train skilled personnel to ensure that we can as a city deliver the growing pipeline of projects.”

Speakers include Sam Lockyer from Midas, Michael Chaney from Willmott Dixon, Alastair Mullen from Kier, Andy Duff and Nigel Whelan from Morgan Sindall, Graham Kingdon from BAM, Roy Imeson from CITB and Emma Hewitt the dedicated Skills Co-ordinator for Building Plymouth.

Host of Plymouth’s event, Sam Lockyer, Divisional Business Development Director from Midas said: “It is critical that we work together to address the skills gaps and skills shortages facing our local industry. We need more people to train and become qualified right across the trades, technical and professional roles.  A push on driving up apprenticeship numbers in the city is key and as main contractors we want to pro-actively support our supply chain in up-skilling their workforce. This Roadshow aims to tackle how we address these importance issues through collaboration as we recognise that a strengthened supply chain will result in stability and sustainability for all.”

Key note speaker at the Plymouth event Michael Chaney, Supply Chain Manager from Willmott Dixon said: “The current and future pipeline of projects looks so positive in Plymouth and the surrounding areas – as main contractors we are eager to engage with our local supply chain though these ‘meet the buyer’ forums and encourage as many construction employers to join us as possible – these four locations and choice of dates give great flexibility to engage with our innovative Building Plymouth partnership. Come along and find out how we can help your business recruit and grow the right skills.”

The Building Plymouth Roadshow events are being held across Devon and Cornwall, starting in Plymouth on Wednesday 18 January 2017 from 4pm to 6pm at Plymouth Albion.  Book at

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