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On Monday 12 December the Skills and Employment Centre on the new Rochester Riverside development in Medway Kent was launched by The Hyde Group, Medway Council and Denne. The opening ceremony was attended by Medway Councillor Jane Chitty.
Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Rodney Chambers, said: “The Rochester Riverside development is a major regeneration project for the area and it’s vital that we seek to maximise all the opportunities it will no doubt bring.
“Thanks to this skills centre, not only will this project be a significant milestone in the future regeneration of Medway, opening up the waterfront and bringing new homes, jobs and opportunities for further development, but it will also bring invaluable training and employment to local people.
“We are committed to ensuring everyone in Medway can truly benefit from the area’s regeneration, and my thanks go to Denne, part of the Leadbitter Group and The Hyde Group for their support in helping us fulfil this ambition."
The new Centre will support local people from the community, delivering a range of activities including school engagement, site visits, work experience, apprenticeships and local employment. A project skills coordinator working with Denne has been seconded to Medway Council to manage the Skills Centre. The coordinator will be responsible for arranging and coordinating activities with schools, the local college, trade contractors, the site team, Employ Medway and directly with local residents interested in training and employment.
Through Denne’s involvement, the Skills Centre has been named as a National Skills Academy for Construction. Denne will manage and actively look to arrange apprenticeships from the local area to work on site as part of their trade contractor teams.
The project is being funded through a partnership between Medway Council and Denne, who have been contracted by Hyde to redevelop the Rochester Riverside site.
Graham Brown - The development of the Skills Centre at Rochester follows our success in providing opportunities for local people at our centres in Stanhope and Thanet. We are very excited about the opportunities that this project presents and look forward to engaging with the community through the work of the centre.
Mike Finch, Assistant Director of Development at Hyde, said: “The Skills Centre is an excellent addition to Rochester Riverside. This innovative partnership work between Hyde, Medway Council and Denne will insure that much needed support with employment, training and apprenticeships are available for local residents.”