Local Labour Councillor Paul Goggin (Hartcliffe and Withywood ward) today issued the following statement:
“This much-needed funding is definitely welcome news for my constituents in Hartcliffe and Withywood. 850 people will be able to learn practical construction skills through apprenticeships, kick-starting their careers and opening up a world of opportunity for those who might otherwise have missed out on the chance to get on in life, thanks to this £6 million investment.
Young people in my ward who might otherwise have missed out will have the chance to get on in life and help build a better Bristol through involvement in major city projects and developments, including the desperately-needed new housing planned in Hengrove and across south Bristol.
Just this week, Bristol City Council has secured an additional £600,000 for adult education which will benefit social housing tenants and people with low levels of English, maths, and digital skills.
With these recent successes, building on almost £2 million won in March to improve the career prospects of people in low-paid and insecure work, it’s clear that Marvin Rees’ Labour administration are working hard across the region to give every community the chance to share in our city’s prosperity.”
Confirmation from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), on which Bristol Labour’s Mayor Marvin Rees sits, that, pending a full business case, south Bristol will get a brand new Construction Skills Centre: https://www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/6m-boost-construction-skills/
Today’s cabinet meeting saw Bristol City Council deliver a further boost for employability training and skills support in the city through programmes targetting social housing tenants and parents/carers looking to return to work: https://democracy.bristol.gov.uk/documents/s22810/FLF%20Cabinet%20Report%205th%20June%202018%20via%20SW%2023.05.pdf
These projects follow Bristol City Council winning more than £1.8 million in March, through WECA, following a successful pilot scheme, to cover an Employment Support Innovation Programme to aid the in-work progression of individuals in low paid and insecure employment, improve skills, and drive social mobility: https://democracy.bristol.gov.uk/documents/s19825/00_Innovation%20Fund%20Cabinet%20Report%206th%20March%202018.pdf