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Improving Pathways into Construction

R.E.A.L. Education is delighted to announce plans for a new East Midlands based Construction Training Academy.

The aim of the academy is to address the skills shortage faced regionally by the industry, and will benefit R.E.A.L. learners by giving them specific, much needed skills that are currently lacking by new construction recruits.

Andrew Abrahams, a qualified civil engineer and maths tutor at R.E.A.L. Education has been developing the project alongside Steve Quinn. Andrew said: “This is a really exciting project. I want to combine my construction and teaching skills to enable our learners to gain ‘real life’ experience training on site, gaining new infrastructure qualifications that lead onto apprenticeships and well paid careers in the industry.

“We anticipate running pilot courses and ‘taster sessions’ from September 2019 with a full roll out of many construction trades from January 2020 onwards.”

R.E.A.L. are looking for learners from the age of 14 upwards who enjoy practical work and don’t mind outdoor work. The Construction Academy will also provide opportunities for under-represented groups in an effort to make construction jobs more accessible.

The plans for the Construction Training Academy will be unveiled at a breakfast meeting on Wednesday 13th February (7.15am for a 7.30am start) at Portland Training College Portland College, Eastwood Suite, Nottingham Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 4TJ. Please confirm attendance via email to

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