Funding Boost to Scarborough Skills Village

The government has awarded £900,000 to Scarborough’s Construction Skills Village.

It’s one of sixteen successful ‘Fast Track’ projects receiving a share of £6million Coastal Communities Fund money to help deliver sustainable growth and jobs across the Great British coast.

The £900,000 grant goes to the Scarborough Construction Skills Village project to help tackle local unemployment and skills challenges. The funding is to support local residents into new apprenticeships and jobs in the construction industry, particularly in micro and small construction companies.

As part of the fifth round of the Coastal Communities Fund, sixteen ‘ready to go’ projects have been selected to start work to transform their coastal communities in 2018-19 before the main round funding becomes available in April 2019.

Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry MP, said:

“It’s really exciting to see money from the Coastal Communities Fund help kick start these shovel ready projects, which have the potential to unlock the barriers to development and growth in our coastal communities. Investment in our seaside areas, through projects such as these, will provide nothing short of a New Deal for the Great British coast, creating thousands of jobs, training places and opportunities along the shore.”

Graham Ratcliffe, Managing Director, said:

“We’re ecstatic to receive the funds and it’s going to create some great opportunities for the young people. We’re waiting to get confirmation from Groundwork UK, who are managing the funds, but we anticipate they’ll be in touch this week to let us know when we’ll get the funds, and when we can start our activity in terms of identifying individuals and placing them into apprenticeships with local employers. Without the support of the team here at the Construction Skills Village, this wouldn’t have been achieved. We’ve put in a lot of hard work and a lot of effort in becoming established. We’re a small company and we’ve only been going for three years but we’ve made a major impact in the construction industry in Scarborough. This is just another opportunity to make that impact greater and benefit the whole borough.”

To find out more contact the team on 01723 585009 or email