Construction has a major issue in recruiting, training and retaining people with the skills required to deliver projects now and in the future. There is an opportunity for industry to work collectively and present construction as an exciting and rewarding career choice for new entrants from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Inspiring Construction is a clear joint industry skills plan, supported by the Construction Leadership Council, which will inspire the next generation to choose a career in construction. It brings together a number of projects that will be delivered by Build UK, supported by a reformed CITB.
Delivering Open Doors
Open Doors, delivered by Build UK in partnership with CITB, offers a unique chance to see behind the scenes of construction sites, offices, factories, and training centres, across Great Britain showcasing all the career opportunities offered in construction.
Redeveloping the Construction Ambassadors Programme
Construction Ambassadors, delivered as part of GoConstruct, supported by CITB, plays a vital role in promoting the fantastic career opportunities available in the construction industry.
Delivering a Degree Apprenticeship System
At the launch of Inspiring Construction in September 2017, Build UK were approached by a student interested in a career as a quantity surveyor. We then set about trying to help the student apply for a degree apprenticeship. The process was a frustrating and lengthy one; he applied numerous times and it demonstrated first-hand how this could be putting off potential applicants from progressing and completing apprenticeship applications.
Providing potential entrants with the opportunity to experience construction is essential, to help them understand the range of career opportunities available to them. Many employers offer work experience opportunities of between one and 12 weeks long, with a requirement for 45 days’ work experience in T Levels which will be implemented from 2020. Build UK has already worked with the Department for Work and Pensions to produce an employer guide Future Building: A Guide to Successful Work Experience.
Supporting a Bridge into Construction programme
Did you know that at least one third of young people completing a construction further education course do not continue into employment within the industry? The Bridge into Construction further education programme aims to ensure that young people have the training and skills the industry needs, and employers have access to the next generation of talent. The programme pilot took place in September 2017 with one college and during the 2018/19 academic year, nine colleges are participating.