The Skills Centre

A fresh direction for a construction based training facility in London.

The Skills Centre is a specialised educational facility based in London, providing training and opportunities to help people get into the construction industry. The company needed a new brand identity to help engage a wider audience and grow the business.

Discovery

The first step of the project was to gain a deep understanding of the business, its audiences, marketplace, goals and culture. We ran a brand workshop with a diverse group of employees help establish a wide view of the business. This helps everyone get on the same page about what we're trying to achieve with a new brand.

Photograph of a brand workshop
Photograph of a brand workshop

Light, openings & directions

After analysing the brand values and workshop outcomes we started establishing a creative direction. During our research we found inspiration from artist James Turrell, the man behind Drakes polarising music video for 'Hotline Bling'. We liked how his imagery visualised the concept of openings, direction and a pathway which tied in with what the new brand needed to communicate.

Images of James Turrell's work

The Skills Centre wanted to be seen as an "open door"—a place where everyone is welcome. We explored how this could be represented and created an 'opening' mechanism that can be represented in many different ways, which we captured in a design system using shape and movement.

Images of shapes

The logo is based on values that reflect The Skills Centre best—starting a journey, being open, shining light on opportunity and a positive direction. This is matched with a bright and bold colour palette that references construction site apparel.

Image of colour palette used for the new brand

To help introduce personality and to balance the bold colour palette, we chose a typeface that is approachable and has an element of quirkiness. This also helps the brand appeal to a wider audience which is key to attracting a diverse workforce.

The Skill Centre logo
Brand message - Creating opportunities
Brand message - Inspiring young people

We developed an accompanying strap line to support the logo "Start your journey to opportunity" which highlights that The Skill Centre is the first step on a long career path in the construction industry.

The Skills Centre will be setting up centres for new construction developments around the UK, so the identity needed to be flexible to work with partners, local authorities and in cross-branded initiatives.

The Skills Centre advertising design
The Skills Centre advertising design
The Skills Centre advertising design

The new identity is designed to work across multiple sectors without losing the core brand values.

Billboard adverts

It's important that a brand retains the design language throughout various applications. The new angled logo provides flexibility in both the physical and digital world.

The new logo on a hard hat
The brand on a toolbox
A branded van
Business card design
Polo shirt design
Brochure design

Photography & Video

We commissioned photography by Sophie Baxter and video by our friends Yoke Creative to help launch the new brand, and provide media for ongoing promotions.

Photograph of a Skill Centre
Photograph of a Skill Centre
Photograph of a Skill Centre
Photograph of a Skill Centre

We love working with bold, ambitious clients with big ideas. It's even better when those businesses make a meaningful impact on peoples lives. We're delighted to deliver The Skill Centre a brand that provides the platform to expand and develop.

If you have an amazing product or service which is being let down by lack of brand communication, get in touch to see how we can help.