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Expansion Underway for Scarborough's Construction Skills Village

Expansion Underway for Scarborough's Construction Skills Village

Published by Jon Burke at 6:01am 23rd July 2020.

A major expansion is underway for Scarborough's pioneering Construction Skills Village, which trains apprentices and learners to national standards.

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The skills village has been based at Middle Deepdale, off Filey Road, for the past five years and is relocating to bigger premises at High Eastfield Farm, Eastfield, just off the A64.

The move will enable learners and apprentices of all ages to put their joinery, brick-laying and groundwork skills to real use, in helping to redevelop the buildings and create a new dynamic construction-learning site.

The new training facility will provide areas for scaffolding, bricklaying, plastering, joinery, plumbing, heating and electrical training, as well as a range of small start-up units and a lecture/seminar room. 

The High Eastfield site will include units to practice trade skills, green skills, plant training areas, enterprise units, offices, a cafe and an exhibition space.

The extensive farm buildings are in varying states of repair, but once fully renovated would provide facilities across two floors.  

The skills village is operated by Northern Regeneration, and the big move is backed by Scarborough Council, to help meet the need for skills to build thousands of new affordable homes.

Another major aspect of the company's expansion is the creation of green construction skills to help meet carbon-reduction targets for housing - with a new green model, to support future eco-friendly homes.  

Managing director, Graham Ratcliffe, said:

"Following our most successful apprentice-creation year, we have started on a huge expansion and looking at green construction techniques.

Our partners and sponsors and the backing of the borough council has been magnificent in helping us to create record numbers of learners and qualifications, for both young people and adults who want to develop extra skills and gain a career in construction.

The move to bespoke premises represents a commitment to help meet that skills shortage and opens up many more real skill, career opportunities for both teenagers and adults."    

Work on re-developing the two-acre site that includes agricultural buildings and a steel-framed store has already started and perimeter fencing has been installed.

The skills village is also supported by the York & North Yorkshire Enterprise Partnership and from Advantage Coast Community Locally-Led Development, the skills village is expanding its role.

Local trades people and their apprentices who have kindly offered their skills and expertise will work alongside staff to support the transition from the old site to the new site - dismantling and transporting all its wooden structures and low-loading its present cabins, for use until the new buildings are transformed.

The move marks a huge expansion of the Skills Village as it seeks to help meet the target of 49,000 construction-related workers needed for the region by 2030 - and to provide the skilled workers required to build the 9,000 homes needed in Scarborough over the next 10 years.
The skills village has created 171 jobs or apprenticeships and 102 learners were directly recruited for their post-16 education, with 62 learners going into employment or apprenticeships in the construction industry last year.

Working with Scarborough Council, the Construction Skills Village is planning to build attractively-designed stylish homes for affordable rent or sale and using local building suppliers and trade skills.

The carbon-zero innovative ‘green homes’ would include:

  • ·  Maximum air-tightness and super-high insulation
  • ·  Optimum solar gain through the provision of openings and shading for natural ventilation
  • ·  Use the thermal mass of the building fabric
  • ·  Use the energy created by the occupants' domestic living such as electronic devices and cookers
  • ·  Electric car-charging points as standard


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