CLC’s Construction Skills Plan for 2022 – More Growth, New Challenges

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published an update to its sector-wide Construction Skills Plan.

One year on from CLC’s first cross-industry Skills Plan, the outlook for construction and the built environment is more positive, CLC says. A range of indicators and forecasts are pointing to sustained growth in 2022/23 and in future years. But with growth comes greater skills challenges, CITB’s Construction Skills Network forecasts are likely to show an annual need to recruit more than 50,000 workers above current trends.

CLC Construction Skills Plan

Mark Reynolds, Group Chairman and Chief Executive of Mace and Sponsor for the People and Skills Network, said: “We can make fantastic progress if we get more parts of the industry involved in what we are seeking to accomplish. The new skills plan update will help us to achieve our goals by setting out where we want to be by the end of this year and outlining how our industry can get involved.

“This year’s CLC plan includes improving awareness and take up of existing careers programmes, including supporting 3,000 employers to deliver Fairness, Inclusion and Respect sessions, securing 1,700 active Construction STEM Ambassadors and delivering 28,000 work experience taster sessions.

“We will continue to work together in helping the apprenticeship system meet the industry’s needs, with a focus on increasing apprenticeship starts and completions.”

Cross-Industry Collaboration

The CLC People and Skills Network, is Co-Chaired by CITB’s Customer and Product Director Jackie Ducker. Jackie said: “The past year has demonstrated that we can achieve a lot more by working together across industry. Many of the actions that we have committed to are the still the right ones to meet the skills challenges that construction and the built environment faces. We are building on those actions now and strengthening our outcomes

“We launched the Construction Talent Retention Scheme (CTRS) successfully early in the pandemic, and helped to keep more of the people we needed by protecting those already in industry (including apprentices) at risk of redundancy.

“We piloted the UK’s first occupational traineeship for construction with 93% of learners progressing to successful outcomes and transferred £2.3m of unspent Apprenticeship Levy via the apprenticeship Levy Pledge Service, to smaller firms to invest in apprentices.”

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