07 January 2019
ISG’s head of social value, Dr Vicky Hutchinson, joined a panel discussion at the Thames Estuary Growth Day to debate the impact of public and private partnerships in supporting regeneration initiatives, and their role in driving success.
According to the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, over a million new homes will be needed in the region over the next 30 years, opening whole new communities for people to live affordably, healthily and be well-connected to employment hubs and leisure facilities.
The panel discussions explored how new and sustainable communities can be realised, how economic activity in the area will be stimulated, and how public/private partnerships can support the delivery of these ambitious plans through the engagement of key community stakeholders.
Vicky joined the discussion on the impact of public/private partnerships, commenting: “The plans for the development of the Thames Gateway offer a fantastic opportunity to develop skills and grow employment in the area.
“It is important for training and education providers to engage with the businesses involved in the scheme, to ensure that local young people have the opportunity to become the talent pipeline for the delivery of the infrastructure and homes at the heart of the regeneration.”
Vicky shared details of the innovative ways that ISG is working to attract and develop young people in the industry, including its new Level 3 Applied Diploma in Professional Construction Practice (PCP); a game-changing qualification that could provide young people with the knowledge and practical skills to be able to play their part in the Thames Gateway transformation.
The PCP has been developed in partnership with WJEC and is worth up to 56 UCAS points – the equivalent of an A-Level.
The course provides a contemporary insight into modern construction management practices, encompassing the technologies, behaviours and innovation that support the delivery of world-class and iconic buildings.
The event, which was held at CentrEd at ExCeL in London, featured over 250 delegates from local authorities, development companies, investment agencies, housing associations, architects and contractors, with guest speakers invited to debate the regeneration plans and challenges involved.