4 March 2017

Bridge into Construction Course Takes Shape

Build UK and Collab Group continue to engage with industry and the education sector as the next stages of the Bridge into Construction further education course take shape.

The one year course, which will be facilitated by Build UK and Collab Group and piloted by seven colleges across England, will provide a consistent level of training and competence and equip students with the introductory skills they need to undertake an apprenticeship in construction.

Over 50 representatives from the industry and education sectors participated in a collaborative workshop to discuss content for the course and the key deliverables required to prepare students for the next stages of their career, as well as ensuring that the course is successful and sustainable.

Arming students with an understanding of all the stages involved in delivering a construction project alongside health and safety, customer service, information on the career paths available and practical work experience will provide the building blocks for their career.

Participants agreed that embedding these skills as early as possible would benefit the student, and the quality of future construction output. The feedback gathered from the event will be used to design the course framework as Build UK and Collab Group develop a model that is based on Government recommendations made in the Post-16 Skills Plan and meets the needs of industry, further education and students.

With construction set to create an estimated 31,000 new jobs every year for the next five years and the issue of skills and recruiting the next generation of workers high on the agenda, the Bridge into Construction course is a fantastic opportunity to implement a joined-up approach to targeting young people and attracting them to the industry, while ensuring that they leave with the skills they need to embark on a construction career.

Suzannah Nichol MBE, Chief Executive of Build UK said:

“The Bridge into Construction course has the potential to change the game in terms of attracting young people into the industry, getting them ready for work, and linking them with local employers to encourage more apprenticeships within the industry. It was fantastic to capitalise on the expertise of so many industry and further education representatives, and use their insight to better understand what we need to do to create a course that works for all.  This could become the ‘T’ level for our industry.”