Early proposals for a “world-leading” construction college in Thamesmead put to cabinet members tonight

PUBLISHED: 13:01 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:01 11 July 2017

Proposals are still being laid out for the college

Proposals are still being laid out for the college

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Further plans are expected in September

Proposals for a college dedicated to supporting growth and construction demand across the capital will be heard at a cabinet meeting tonight.

The Place and Making Institute, expected to be built in Thamesmead, hopes to specialise in a number of different areas including construction, architecture, engineering, landscaping and business for 16 to 19-year-olds.

Under plans being heard by cabinet members tonight, the institute hopes to flourish by “creating a world-leading teaching, learning and research organisation that is highly sustainable

and adaptable to long term changes in technology and employment demand.”

The council, which is leading the development of proposals alongside London South East Colleges and Thamesmead housing group Peabody, has warned of a “crisis” in training and recruitment in the construction industry, but expects the need for jobs to increase in the coming years as development steps up to meet hopes for the council’s 31,500-home growth strategy.

Estimates suggest more than 1,300 new jobs will be needed across the borough by 2024, with 61 per cent needing a minimum entry requirement of a level 3 qualification, equivalent to an A Level.

A review of the qualifications available at colleges in east and south east London found that “although a wide range of technical provision was offered by the colleges, most provision was at

level 2 (equivalent to GCSE) and below, with limited apprenticeship delivery in construction, planning and the built environment.

“In these subjects, and more generally, a lack of provision for vocational and technical learning at level 3 (equivalent to A Level) and above was identified, with a very limited offer for higher apprenticeships.”

It is hoped the college, which could also provide A Levels in subjects such as maths and science, could help support the building of an estimated 260,000 homes expected across south east London in the next 20 years.

Current proposals are still in the early stages of development, with the council expected to a launch a full prospectus with more details on the institute in September.

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