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Academy status for water consortium

4 Jul 12 A contracting consortium of Costain-MWH-Veolia Water has gained National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) status for the next three years.

The group, called 4Delivery Ltd (or just 4D), is working with Southern Water on its capital improvement asset management programme.

Achieving academy status is a first for the water frameworks as it will cover around 70 sites across Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, rather than having a project-based academy where the workforce is based in one location.

The aim of the National Skills Academy for Construction is to improve the performance of projects and deliver a legacy of improved skills by harnessing the training and employment opportunities within the construction industry’s supply chain, including clients, professional services, contractors and sub-contractors.

The National Skills Academy agenda provides an on-site ‘virtual training academy’.  The workforce will receive an average of four days’ skills training per person per year.

Costain water sector director Graham Keegan said: “Creating opportunities for young people within the construction industry and upskilling the existing workforce is central to our Costain Cares strategy and this initiative will hopefully leave a lasting legacy for the communities in which we serve.”

4D training manager George Hilliar added: “This is an exciting challenge in delivering training and support across a dispersed workforce and large geographical area.  With support from Construction Skills and the projects knowledge and experience, we will deliver a legacy recognised by all our stakeholders.”

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