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Leading Provider of Government Funded Learning Wins Contract for Construction Training

Merseyside is set to receive a training boost for construction with the announcement of Carter & Carter’s contract wins for providing training.

The contract has been awarded with the Greater Merseyside Learning and Skills Council (LSC), and will see the delivery of training for anywhere up to 400 construction apprentices in the region. This includes the purchase of the Craig Phillips Building Skills Centre opened last year at Aintree, which currently has more than 100 learners studying brickwork, joinery and plastering. These, along with the staff at the centre, will be brought into the Carter & Carter framework.


The Carter & Carter story seems to be one of continued growth and expansion. They are based in Nottingham and focus their provision on the motor industry. They also deliver apprenticeships for leading employers in the motor manufacturing industry across the country, and operate a number of training centres as well. The acquisition of the Craig Phillips Building Skills Centre is another training feather in Carter & Carter’s cap. The centre is set to be expanded by adding courses, thus continuing the expansive theme.

The extra courses under consideration include subjects such as painting and decorating, and in tiling. There is also the possible addition of courses in scaffolding and in streetworks. The delivery method will be mixed, with both classroom based learning and distance learning delivering courses at levels 1 through to 3. There is also the possibility of progressing into Higher Education after this. Carter & Carter have also joined other training providers to deliver the construction segments of the Merseyside LSC’s Skill Works initiative.

Welcome to Merseyside!

The Executive Director of the Greater Merseyside LSC, Elaine Bowker, said: “I am pleased to welcome Carter & Carter to Merseyside. I am delighted that one of the UK’s leading training providers has brought its expertise and experience to the region, and I look forward to them helping develop the talents of young people in construction skills and also in other programme areas.”

Elaine also commented on the breadth of experience being drawn on on Merseyside, saying: “Carter & Carter joins other training providers who, with the Learning and Skills Council, are striving to offer the young people of Merseyside the chance to improve their own future and that of the local economy by providing a skilled and qualified workforce.”

The head of construction at Carter & Carter’s apprentice learning division, Alan Shorthouse, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract to deliver training in construction skills for learners in Merseyside. There is a major skills shortage both in this area as well as more generally nationwide and this represents a significant step forward in addressing this issue.”

Jethro Marsh

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