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    The Collab Group of Colleges is delighted to announce it has been selected by Keepmoat Homes, a nationally recognised homebuilder, to manage its apprenticeship and training provision across the UK. 

    This is the first partnership of its kind between Collab Group and a major housebuilding company. Collab Group will act through Sheffield College to create bespoke apprenticeship and training programmes to bring new talent into the construction and housebuilding sectors.

    The announcement will be made at the Keepmoat Homes annual “Trainee, Apprentice and Graduate” Awards event. Collab Group and The Sheffield College will be in attendance to celebrate the achievements of new and emerging talent and highlight the great opportunities for FE colleges when working collaboratively to deliver high quality skills training that meets the needs of both employers and learners.

    Ian Pretty – Collab Group’s CEO said:

    ‘I am delighted that Collab Group, alongside our key member Sheffield College, has formed a partnership with Keepmoat Homes to support their talent attraction and retention strategies. Keepmoat recognises the importance of investing in people; to identify emerging talent and shape the leaders of the future. Further education colleges will play a key role in helping the construction and housebuilding sectors address their wider workforce development needs and I am excited about the opportunities to work together.

    James Thomson, CEO at Keepmoat Homes, said:

    ‘Through our exciting partnership with the Collab Group and Sheffield College we can offer training that is based around the skills required by employers in the construction industry. This will ensure students are equipped with all the knowledge and skills needed to take on fulfilling careers and will help to reduce the ever growing skills gap faced by the industry

    We are committed to providing young people with new opportunities and quality experiences and through this attracting the best talent to work with us as we continue to grow our company.”

    Andrew Hartley, Commercial Director, The Sheffield College, said:

    “We welcome the opportunity to work with Keepmoat Homes and build skills for the future in the construction industry. The apprenticeship levy provides large employers with a great opportunity to invest in and mould new talent to meet their business and skills needs.”

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