£1,000 of tools donated to work project

Build Up's Claire Breen and Roberta Austin.
Build Up's Claire Breen and Roberta Austin.
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A project set up to train unemployed adults in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre in construction skills has received a donation of £1,000 of building materials from national builders’ merchant Jewson.

When Blackpool-based building contractor Forrest heard that the Build Up project was in desperate need of materials for its students, the firm put project leaders in touch with the supplier.

The materials Jewson donated included transition and drop kerbing, quadrants and paving for assembling road traffic islands, meaning students can tackle this particular type of construction work.

“We are so grateful to Jewson for donating materials, “ said Roberta Austin, Build Up centre manager.

“Our students have already made use of them during practical sessions.

“These skills are in demand locally so this is actually helping people to go out and find work in the construction trade.”

The idea behind the initiative is to create a skilled local workforce that can help local contractors to meet social responsibility clauses in tenders for contracts.

Build Up, part of Blackpool and The Fylde College, was formed in 2008.

It was set up with the aim of training unemployed adults to undertake construction work.