Minister for Defence People and Veterans Visits Learning Curve Group Construction Academy in Middlesbrough

Posted on Jun 18, 2021

The Minister for Defence People and Veterans visited Learning Curve Group Construction Academy in Middlesbrough after hearing about the fantastic work that Learning Curve Group (LCG) are doing with the Building Heroes Charity. LCG partnered with Building Heroes in January 2020 to provide fully funded training to members of the armed forces and military veterans.

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The partnership helps get thousands of veterans back into employment and prepares serving personnel for life after the military, with servicemen and women gaining a range of skills including painting and decorating, plastering, joinery and bricklaying.

The Minister was shown around the Academy by CEO of Building Heroes, Brendan Williams and LCG Academy Manager, Merika Hagley. He chatted to learners and staff and was impressed by the scale of the academy and how many different courses were delivered. The Minister was then shown how to lay a brick by one of the Building Heroes learners and LCG bricklaying tutor, Trevor Maidment.

MP Leo Docherty is an ex-soldier who served in the British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan before going into politics and becoming MP for Aldershot in 2017. Due to his military background he was asked by the Prime Minister to take up the role of Minister for Defence People and Veterans in April 2021.

The Minister, Leo Docherty, said: "Veterans make a fantastic contribution to companies across the country and the work done by Learning Curve Group is vital in giving people the skills they need. Many veterans have positive experiences leaving service, but we know some find the transition difficult. The free training provided by the Academy to our veterans ensures they can flourish in civilian life and maximise their employment opportunities. I was delighted to see the training firsthand in Middlesbrough and understand more about the diverse range of courses on offer for veterans."

CEO of Learning Curve Group, Brenda McLeish, said: “This partnership is a perfect example of how we can support people to better their lives through relevant training programmes at no cost to the learner. We’re really proud of the work we do with charities and communities.

As a proud Armed Forces Covenant silver award employer, LCG is passionate about supporting ex-service personnel, current serving personnel and reservists, and this partnership has been proven to provide opportunities to support them even more and give them the skills for future employment and enhance their lives.”

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Since the partnership between LCG and Building Heroes began in 2020 there has been over 1,000 military personnel complete training at the construction academy on Skippers Lane industrial estate in Middlesbrough through the Building Heroes charity. The courses run for five days per week over a five-week period, each course is worth over £2,500 but is available at no cost to the individual.

Learning Curve Group are preparing to take on their next cohort of Building Heroes learners on the fully funded 5-week Construction Skills course at the Middlesbrough Academy on the 28th June 2021.

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