Kirkstall Forge

In the community

Our pioneering on-site skills centre

Our pioneering on-site skills centre
Forging Futures Campus Launch group shot

Forging Futures Campus

Forging Futures Campus

We recently launched our pioneering new skills centre at Kirkstall Forge in partnership with Leeds College of Building, Wates Construction and Leeds City Council. The Forging Futures Campus provides vocational training, site visits and work experience for students, local people and young people not in education, employment or training. We have staged construction themed activities and opened up the Campus to local school pupils.

Since our launch in March 2017 we have created 45 new local jobs, 45 training opportunities completed with 143 more projected to be completed by the end of the project. 6 jobs have been created for the long-term unemployed or NEETs and 36 more are estimated to be created in the future phases of Kirkstall Forge. 10 apprenticeships were newly created and 60 more are estimated to be created which can be attributed to the Kirkstall Forge contract. 250 hours of business support and volunteering time has been delivered with the potential of delivering 1970 hours in future phases.

Ultimately our vision is to help train Leeds’ future architects, bricklayers, civil engineers, joiners, plumbers and electricians through site visits, curriculum projects, hands-on work experience and mentoring support. Forging Futures Campus showcases a pool of talent in action, which has allowed businesses to be able to visit, monitor and select their apprentices.

As part of our sustainability and social values policy, we wanted to ensure that we could provide the facilities to kick start careers and offer insights into the inner works of a construction site, in turn ensuring a fresh stream of talent and skills into the sector. We believe that the work being carried out at Kirkstall Forge with the Forging Futures Campus will bring about a wider benefit for the local community in Leeds as we bring employment opportunities as part of the regeneration programme.

The Skill Mill

The Skill Mill with CEG's Jon Kenny

The Skill Mill

We have partnered with the Leeds branch of the social enterprise The Skill Mill since February 2016, providing work and training opportunities for young people who have been involved with the Youth Offending Service. The Skill Mill was established in Leeds following a successful pilot in the north east of England. We are proud to be involved with this unique, not for profit social enterprise which employs young people aged 16-18 to carry out flood risk management, environmental, horticultural and watercourse management works.