Construction firms from across the Black Country will get advice to help their businesses grow at a Wolverhampton event next week.

The Wolverhampton and Black Country Construction Summit, featuring local companies, council representatives and training providers, will take place on Monday 7 April.

It is aimed at looking at what the current skills need is for firms in the region and looking at what solutions might be found to address them.

This event, which forms part of a national series of 10 events, will also examine the important role local government can play in supporting the construction sector and local skills needs.

The summit, which will be held at Committee Room 3 in the Civic Centre, is being supported by the Local Government Information Unit and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

It will be hosted by Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGiU and Judy Lowe, Deputy Chairman of the CITB, with Wolverhampton City Council leader Councillor Roger Lawrence opening the event.

Tim Johnson, the council's Strategic Director, Education and Enterprise, will give a presentation on skills issues and how the authority is supporting and working with the construction sector.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Prosperity, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for construction companies to gain an insight into how they can expand their operations.

"Developing skills, particularly amongst young people, are a must for construction businesses and we want to do our bit to ensure they have the help and advice they need to achieve this."

  • released: Friday 4 April, 2014