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SOUTHEND and Basildon councils have won an award for their work to boost construction skills.
The two authorities won the skills award at the Housing Excellence Awards last week.
The prize was given for two projects. The first was the South Essex Construction Training Academies (SECTA), which aims to help 600 residents work towards jobs in the construction industry.
The second was the Advice Store, located in the former MVC store at Basildon’s Westgate shopping centre.
The career advice centre allows residents to seek advice and assistance from 20 different businesses and organisations about how to access training and develop skills.
Part of its work is to help visitors pursue careers in construction.
Judges at the Housing Excellence Awards said Basildon and Southend councils’ work was an ‘excellent example of collaboration and innovation’ which had made ‘good progress’ on boosting local employment in the construction field.
Basildon Labour councillor Adele Brown, lead councillor for infrastructure and inclusive growth, said: “We are committed to making sure that local people are fully supported in accessing skills development opportunities that help them gain meaningful employment.
“The Advice Store has helped us to do that, as well as support major construction projects in south Essex.”