Construction materials business, Tarmac, developed a National Skills and Safety Park near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, which was opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.
The park will provide practical training for emerging industry talent – including apprentices, graduates and those retraining from other sectors.
His Royal Highness met with a number of Tarmac’s young apprentices to learn more about their roles and career ambitions, including those in the training centre’s maintenance workshop and tried his hand on one of the company’s quarrying excavator simulators and a paving machine.
Martin Riley, Tarmac’s senior vice president who started his own career in construction as an apprentice, said: “It was an honour to welcome His Royal Highness to our new facility which is already helping people beginning a career in construction and those already established in the sector to develop new skills.
“Major infrastructure programmes are the foundations on which the construction industry and its supply chain are built, providing exciting and rewarding career opportunities for people from all walks of life across the UK who can help shape the built environment of the future.
“We’re extremely proud to launch this new facility.”
The Duke also joined a meeting with Chairs, CEOs and MDs of leading UK businesses meeting at Tarmac’s National Skills and Safety Park to discuss joint opportunities for UK companies to support social mobility and to improve the options available to young people in all parts of British society. The discussions were hosted by former MP Justine Greening, co-founder of The Social Mobility Pledge and John Whelan MBE.