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Lovell Homes has selected the City of Liverpool College as a training partner to train employees to create hundreds of skilled jobs for the local population in the Liverpool metropolitan area.

The news comes after the construction company won a contract to build 100 houses in the metropolitan area and discovered an opportunity to provide skills and jobs to the local people.

As part of the partnership, the City of Liverpool College has developed a bespoke training program that includes pre-employment and apprenticeship training to give Lovell access to the best candidates.

The five-year project will train hundreds of locals, gain experience and secure jobs at Lovell. By training as a carpenter and bricklayer, the candidates will acquire the knowledge and skills they need to start their professional life in a two-year training course with four days of practical experience on site and one day at the university per week.

The partnership is the first time that Lovell Homes has hired a training partner in this role and enables them to attract the best employees, while the candidates have the opportunity to secure long-term and sustainable employment in a sought-after profession.

Sophie Park, Director of Workforce Skills at City of Liverpool College, said, “As a business school, the partnerships we have with employers are an incredibly important part of what we do, and for employers they have access to the best quality training to do to be sure that they are hiring the best candidates for the position.

“This is the first time Lovell has worked with an apprenticeship provider in this way, and it’s an incredibly exciting opportunity for both of us to create quality jobs for the local people.

“This partnership-based collaboration enables us to create tailor-made training for the employer that gives him the specific skills he needs and at the same time gives the candidate the best practical skills and knowledge for a successful, long-term career. We look forward to the results of this partnership coming to fruition in the years to come. “

Paul Woby, Social Value Manager at Lovell, said, “We are excited to be working with City of Liverpool College to offer a recruitment program for local students who are passionate about construction. The mix of skills and education combined with practical experience will give the students a really good insight into the industry.

“Working with the college team has been fantastic and has developed a bespoke program that is tailored to our offering at Lovell. We look forward to starting the training and bringing two students to our Denford Road location for two weeks of masonry or carpentry and joinery experience. “