Skills People Group’s latest venture, the Sheffield Skills Academy, opened its doors last week after a comprehensive scheme of refurbishment.


The Sheffield Skills Academy is a construction-focused training centre that has been set up to support people aged 19+ from the Sheffield area back into the labour market, giving them both the knowledge and practical skills to progress into a career in the construction industry.

Situated in the Attercliffe area of Sheffield, the academy boasts three large workshops along with an outdoor block paving area, training rooms, an IT suite and a student canteen.

On 5th August we welcomed our first enrolment of learners who are eager to get their hands dirty and start developing new skills and new careers.

After completing a 3-week Introduction to Construction course, successful learners will have the opportunity to progress to a 7-week Level 1 trade diploma course and enhance their skills in either bricklaying, painting & decorating, tiling or plastering.


Rob Armitage (Sales Director) and Nadine Fowler (Centre Manager) introduce the students to the company and enrol them onto the Introduction to Construction course.

Head of Academies, Steve Cressey said:
“This is a very exciting time for the group. The new Sheffield training centre is the first of a number of academies we have planned around the country. Our aim is to support people from all walks of life who are not currently working to gain valuable knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to move into what is a very vibrant and exciting career option in construction. We look forward to working with stakeholders who work with those furthest from the job market to create new opportunities.”


Rob Armitage gives the students a tour of The Brick Works workshop, where they will be introduced to the art of bricklaying during their 3-week course.

Centre Manager, Nadine Fowler added: “This is the start of an innovative academy. As a team we aim to give the people of the Sheffield area who are not currently in work the skills and confidence to begin building their own futures.”


Centre Manager Nadine Fowler (far right) with the some of the students after the recent successful enrolment session.

Posted in Good News on Aug 13, 2019