North Kent College is also working with the volumetric modular housing manufacturer to create a unique apprenticeship scheme specifically designed to meet the needs of the new factory.
Berkeley Modular, a new business formed as part of the Berkeley Group, has committed to recruit ten apprentices per year in a unique programme that will enable the successful candidates to gain experience at the cutting edge of volumetric modular manufacturing. They will have the opportunity to become part of an exciting new development in the residential housing sector.
Combining engineering and construction skills, the initiative will help to develop Berkeley Modular’s workforce of the future. It’s an opportunity to ensure that one of the major concerns for the construction sector is addressed by attracting and developing new talent to meet the unique demands of off-site housebuilding.
The partnership will link other training initiatives undertaken at the college to the apprenticeship scheme, so that Berkeley Modular has access and influence on the skills that apprentices develop to meet the business’ requirements.
The course will incorporate a clear pathway for young, local people to find out more about Berkeley as an employer; with a bespoke work placement programme. The programme is designed to ensure that those on the course understand more about the sector and the business before committing themselves fully to an apprenticeship programme.
Other activities include delivering local pre-employment job skills training to local people including CSCS training, where appropriate.
Apprenticeship recruitment will commence in April 2019 with our first cohort starting work in September 2019.
Ann Komzolik, vice principal business development and commercial services, said: “Having Berkeley Modular as one of our major local employers in the area is a great opportunity for local residents to access high quality jobs with relevant training in a sector that is changing rapidly with the use of new methods of construction and technologies.”
Graham Cleland, director at Berkeley Modular, added: “Modular construction enables us to continue creating high-quality homes in an innovative way, so we will require our apprentices to be adept with advanced systems technologies, digital modelling and modern manufacturing methods rather than more conventional construction techniques.
“North Kent College has been able to help us devise a curriculum and programme that will enable us to train and retain high quality staff and that will appeal to local people looking for a fun, demanding and cutting-edge career. We are looking forward to working with them to tap into the potential talent this region undoubtedly holds.”