Our Employment and Skills Manager Lea Hampton, recently attended a Breakfast networking event at Fareham College after lecturers from local colleges were invited along to a site visit to the One Horton Heath Project.
At the breakfast event organised by the college, educators were able to chat to employers and gain expert knowledge on what they would require from young people seeking employment. It was a useful way for businesses to put across the current skills shortages within their sectors.
There was a great deal of positive feedback from the networking day, with many of the educators benefiting from understanding the skills and the training required for certain job roles.
One lecturer said:"Meeting employers and hearing about their requirements for employees was of absolute benefit and can influence training and education of young people when preparing and advising them for the workplace."
The aim of the site visit was to give lecturers from colleges in the surrounding area an insight into the scale of the project and how young people could benefit from the range of job roles that will be available. The visitors were told how the project is offering 10 years of continuous employment with a range of apprenticeships and other opportunities available, as well as explaining the sustainable energy systems that will be incorporated.
One visitor said: "It was great to hear how they will incorporate sustainable energy systems into the development such as ground source heat pumps, solar power and One Horton's ethos of using local labour.”
Another said: "The thing I found most useful about the visit was the discussions about the sustainability technologies they will be using."