A Rochdale business that trains up construction staff is set to re-open its classroom on July 1.
Posted by on 30 Jun 2020
Operating from a two-acre site near Rochdale, Greater Manchester Construction Training (GMCT) work with the construction, civil engineering and demolition industry, providing training for all staff and subcontractors from operatives to senior managers.
Former paratrooper Brad Daniel launched the business in 2015 with fellow director Ian Eardley and has been helping meet the shortfall of 168,500 skilled workers needed in the UK construction sector of the next five years.
Because of the rules on social distancing the business had to close its doors during Covid-19 but preparations are well underway for the re-opening.
Brad said: “Our office/classroom-based training and testing will re-open on July 1. We have just completed the purchase of a telehandler and ride on roller, adding to our portfolio of plant at Bowlee training centre.”
And he had this upbeat message to the public: “Construction will kick-start the economy. Let’s use local talent trained by local training companies.”
Brad said Rochdale was the perfect place to base his business.
“Rochdale is blessed with brilliant transport links and the space to grow which is what we needed,” he said. “As a new business we’ve also had a lot of support from the RDA which has helped us.”
The company has a partnership with Japanese excavator manufacturer Takeuchi, which is based on Rochdale’s Kingsway Business Park, to have access to their specialist machinery.