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News - 4 March 2005
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Finding a good builder

The Mayor of Brighton & Hove and key players in Sussex’s training & skills sector recently gathered at the Station Gateway Site in Brighton to herald the launch of ‘Constructing Futures'.

Constructing Futures is a project designed to engage with local employers and advise them of the urgent need for a local, skilled construction workforce. It is managed by Brighton and Hove City Council and City College and it is funded by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA).

Over the next 10 years, the scale of planned development in Brighton and Hove is likely to exceed £2billion pounds. Like most of the UK, Brighton & Hove doesn’t have sufficient numbers of skilled workers to deliver this scale of development yet local unemployment is twice the regional average. Clearly, the construction industry needs a greater supply of new entrants to meet future demands and Constructing Futures is focused on addressing this issue. The average age of a construction worker in Sussex is now 47 and new opportunities need to be generated for young people to access apprenticeships if the local industry is to thrive.

For further information about this project call Brian Bell, Marketing Communications Officer at City College, on 01273 667788 Ext. 488 or email


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