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AS PART of far-reaching plans to meet the government's housebuilding targets, an initiative has been launched in the West Midlands with the focus on higher level skills in the construction industry.

Skills Advantage is a new European Social Fund programme delivered in partnership between the Learning and Skills Council and Mtech Training.

It is aimed at managers in construction and construction product manufacturing companies in the region.

The free programme is also open to construction clients and other professionals such as architects, project managers and quantity surveyors.

Candidates must be living and/or working in a designated West Midlands area of urban renewal and be employed in a small or mediumsized business with fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than pounds 35million - check eligibility at The primary focus of the programme is engagement in NVQ training.

Mtech Training has also developed a bespoke master class programme.

Darren Richards, Mtech group managing director, said Skills Advantage was a way to equip people to meet the challenges for new, affordable housing "not just in terms of delivery, but also in terms of quality and environmental impact".

Further guidance is available via a free helpline on 0808 129 2233.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 13, 2007
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