With our new centre in Sittingbourne due to be open this September, we take a look at the town and its job prospects.
Sittingbourne is a town situated in the Swale District in Kent with a population in excess of 67,000, including surrounding rural areas.
It’s population and economy have experienced rapid growth in recent years.
Strategically located in the Thames Gateway, with easy access to London, the Channel Tunnel and a number of ports, Sittingbourne has received an injection of new investment, leading to the regeneration of the town centre, developments to supporting infrastructure and an expansion of commercial and housing opportunities.
What businesses operate in Sittingbourne?
Historically, Sittingbourne was known for its paper-making, brick-making and barge-building.
Today, manufacturing and engineering remains a key part of the local economy.
Sittingbourne is home to one of Kent’s largest business areas, the Eurolink Business Park. Housing light commercial businesses, office premises and warehouses, around 6,500 people work at the park across 280 companies.
In addition to this diverse range of businesses, Sittingbourne is home to the Kent Science Park, a developing hub of innovative companies focussing on emerging sectors such as agri-tech, biotech and biopharma.
What opportunities are there for skilled building services installers in Sittingbourne?
A thriving construction sector is essential in developing areas such as Sittingbourne to support public sector growth and the building of homes, infrastructure and workplaces.
Key to the success of the wider construction industry is the specialist building services sector, including skilled trades such as plumbing, electrical installation and gas engineering.
According to the latest Construction Industries Report by Kent County Council:
- 15.8% of businesses in Kent are construction-based enterprises. This is above the national average (12%).
- The construction industries in Kent employ around 40,500 people. This accounts for 6.6% of all jobs; a higher proportion than is seen regionally and nationally.
- Over 50% of construction workers are in skilled trades occupations, such as electrical, plumbing and construction installation trades.
- In 2016, construction industries generated an estimated £3.3 million of gross value added (GVA) in Kent.
Train for the trades in Sittingbourne
We’re about to open the doors to a new Logic4training training & assessment centre located in Sittingbourne, Kent.
Our brand-new purpose-built building services training centre will deliver first-class training and facilities in a relaxed, friendly environment to our customers in Swale and the wider regions of Kent, Medway and East Sussex.
Courses are scheduled to be delivered from September 2019.
Click here for more information, including a 15% discount on all courses booked by 30th September at the Sittingbourne Centre.