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College Proud to Partner New Skills Academy

Seymour, HCFE and HBC Representatives at the launch

More great news for our College and prospective Civil Engineers in Hartlepool and the northeast, a pioneering skills academy has just been officially opened in Hartlepool and we are proud to be a key partner. The new civil engineering academy set up by Seymour Civil Engineering and also supported by Hartlepool Borough Council, will provide certified qualifications to future and current civil engineers both locally and nationally with the aim of helping to close the ever-growing skills gap in the industry.

“There are many ambitious civil engineering projects either planned or underway across the Tees Valley and the North East.  A new River Tees crossing works on Middlesbrough and Darlington train stations, the new A19 TESTO flyover and constant repairs and connections to roads and infrastructure to facilitate house-building projects to name but a few,” said John Cartwright, Head of Construction & the Built Environment at Hartlepool College. "Our involvement with this new skills academy will help ensure current and future skills requirements are met.”

Seymour Skills Academy Site

Niall Crosby, Academy Manager, said: “The initial vision of the academy was to help to go some way to closing the skills gap. Seymour wants to be able to offer quality learning for a range of age groups. The academy provides a one-stop-shop for employers to support their training needs across all aspects of construction and civil engineering. Being a large local employer, our offering will be dynamic, evolving in response to market needs and employers’ requirements – ensuring highly trained staff have perfected their trades away from commercial pressures but in a real-life simulated environment. The opportunities that this academy brings are endless. To name just a few of the programmes initially on offer include: General Construction Operatives Apprenticeships, NPORS & CPSCS plant training and Certification, confined space training, safe lifting operations, slinging/signalling, protection of underground services, short duration courses including abrasive wheels, manual handling, asbestos awareness, working at height, health and safety – IOSH, NEBOSH and Water Hygiene."

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said: “The council is absolutely committed to doing all it can to ensure that our young people get the best start in their careers, so we were delighted to play a key role in the creation of this training academy. There is a shortage of skilled young people in the construction and civil engineering sectors in Hartlepool and the wider Tees Valley and this ambitious partnership between the Council, Seymour Civil Engineering and Hartlepool College of Further Education will help to close that gap. This academy will provide both employment and training, not only for Hartlepool but for the North-East. Working together, we are laying the foundations for many young careers in an industry which is vital to the financial prosperity of the town, the region and the country.”

Watch this space for our dedicated web page for the Academy coming very soon, in the meantime for more information on the Academy and the courses on offer please contact Niall Crosby, Academy Manager Email : Niall.Crosby@seymourcivil.co.uk Office 01429 233 521 or Mobile: 07912 630842 

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