Barking and Dagenham College has said it aims to combat concerns raised by the construction industry over a shortfall of skilled professionals, by offering more courses.
Students enrolling for construction and engineering courses will have the opportunity to work on developments in the borough, as the college looks to match the demands of the industry to the training opportunities available.
Mike Paxton, director of construction at Barking and Dagenham College, said: “There are major construction projects happening in our borough and across London. At Barking Riverside 11,000 new homes are planned as well as five new schools, whilst the Nine Elms development on the south bank of the Thames is creating thousands of jobs.
“Skilled construction professionals will be needed for years to come, so now is a great time to learn a skill and work toward a career in construction.
“Salaries for skilled professionals are buoyant – a skilled plasterer or bricklayer can currently earn between £140 and £150 a day. Our advice is for parents and young people to re-consider the construction sector and the career opportunities it offers.”
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