Wandsworth is set to benefit from a share of £22 million worth of funding.

In an effort to tackle a construction skills shortage, Wandsworth Council, in partnership with Battersea Power Station bid for part of the Government money.

Now it has been announced that bid was successful.

The council says the funding will be used to help people learn new construction skills as well as targeting women, under-represented groups, careers changers from other industries and people with no previous construction experience.

"This investment in skilling our workforce provides an exciting opportunity to help people change career and get work-ready residents and jobseekers into employment in Wandsworth," Councillor Rory O’Broin, cabinet member for economic development, skills and employment said.

“The growth of Nine Elms shows that Wandsworth is open for business – and a key part of that is supporting local people to develop new skills for work, including a wide range of construction jobs.

"Together with Battersea Power Station and construction partners, we’re looking forward to getting hundreds of new candidates through our construction gateway.”

The 'construction gateway’ training project is funded by the Department for Education and is being delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board.

Sarah Banham, director of communities and sustainability at Battersea Power Station development company said: “The regeneration of Battersea Power Station will create over 17,000 employment opportunities over the next 10 years making this a “destination for jobs.

"We are committed to employ as many people from the local community as possible so we are delighted that Wandsworth Council has won funding to create a new construction skills centre on site at Battersea Power Station.

"Together with our existing Battersea Academy for Skills Excellence, which seeks to match local people with jobs and training across the site, we look forward to upskilling many more workers from across the borough, equipping them with the knowledge and expertise they need to flourish in this exciting sector.”