Thames Tideway Tunnel is seeking to help address the construction skills gap in the south east by signing up to an information sharing scheme.

The Skills Planner platform allows companies and organisations signed up to it to share information on their workforces and to identify current and future employment needs, which will highlight any potential skills shortages.

It is hoped this will lead to demand-led training in the construction industry to ensure the demand for the major projects, including the £4.2 billion super sewer scheme, is met.

Thames Tideway Tunnel joins HS2, Crossrail, planning authorities including Westminster, main contractors, supply chains, training providers and industry bodies in signing up to the scheme.

It is estimated 180,000 new skilled entrants will be needed to deliver construction projects in the capital and the South East by 2019, more than 9,000 of which will be linked to the Tideway Tunnel project.

Thames Tideway Tunnel skills and employment manager Scott Young said: “Major projects like the Thames Tideway Tunnel rely on access to a highly skilled labour market in order to build our workforce. We are also committed to creating employment opportunities and apprenticeships for local residents.

“By fostering a more collaborative approach between employers, local training providers and jobs advisers that is data-led, Skills Planner has the potential to create an environment in which those seeking work have a better understanding of the available roles, are adequately trained to secure employment and which in turn provides a solution to current industry skills shortages.”

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