HELPING EMPLOYERS WITH their immediate skills needs, information to attract new recruits including from FE, and tackling long-term challenges underpin the CITB England Plan, published today.
The Plan shows £140million of industry Levy will be invested in 2021/22 for employers training, and support and services. It means 94p of every CITB Levy pound will be spent on skills.
The England Plan was shaped by England Council members and aligns with government and Construction Leadership Council initiatives.
Key priorities in the Plan include:
- Helping people to gain work experience and providing resources and materials for it.
- Increasing the level of FE learners progressing by working with construction colleges which are centres of excellence in particular roles
- Working with colleges on training and link industry into sponsored programmes
- Working with industry to agree needs and providing support and coordination on standards development
- Supporting emerging areas of need such as digital and sustainability skills including retrofit.
- Targeting support at those skills most in demand for homebuilding and infrastructure and boosting productivity, building safely and Net Zero carbon emissions.
The levy will support making construction careers more accessible, in schools through STEM Ambassadors and skills competitions and via Go Construct for training or where to find a job.
Nine new onsite training hubs will provide 2,314 work experience places, and 1,889 new entrants ready to work onsite. Furthermore, CITB will help develop an industry-wide Talent Management system. It will support early career opportunities in addition to the Construction Talent Retention Scheme.
Training and Development
CITB will further develop e-learning this year. It will phase in a new wider apprenticeship offer to employers. This will support apprenticeship recruitment and employers to find the right Apprenticeship Standard and to access quality provision.
The Plan also outlines the delivery of a new construction traineeship that will create a bridge between FE and accelerated apprenticeships which recognise prior learning.
The National Construction Colleges will continue to offer training in specialist areas such as scaffolding and plant. Across Britain, CITB will invest £1m in specialist skills.
Standards and Qualifications
CITB will support 1,300 skills and training fund projects for smaller firms and provide employers with a tool to analyse their training needs.
CITB will review five National Occupational Standards and will support development of ten Competence Frameworks to define the skills required for priority ‘Installer’ occupations.
Chris Carr, Managing Director of Carr & Carr Builders, Federation of Master Builders Management Board member, and CITB England Council member said:
“After a year like no other, we can see the recovery ahead with construction set to play a leading role. But with growth comes greater skill needs. Employers, particularly the many small firms that make up construction, want to attract new workers, invest in apprenticeships and grow the skills of their current workforce. This isn’t easy but by drawing on the support set out in the England Nation Plan and working closely with government, we will be better placed to meet these challenges.”