Construction Talent Retention Scheme Extends to Tackle Skills Shortages

Construction worker who might use the THE Construction Talent Retention Scheme

THE Construction Talent Retention Scheme (CTRS) is being extended to include a new  early careers offering called ‘Talentview’. It will support the attraction of new talent into the industry.

To help tackle skills shortages and recruit the next generation into the industry, the CTRS will broaden its support for early careers provision from next month. It will provide help for employers and candidates interested in developing apprenticeships, graduate recruitment and work experience opportunities.

Linked to CTRS and other related platforms, Talentview Construction will make it easy for those searching for a career in construction to join. It will help to address the predicted demand for additional roles to support the industry’s predicted growth and its drive towards net zero.

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has confirmed its commitment to supporting the CTRS and is working with CITB and others to develop it further.

Mark Reynolds, the CLC lead on skills, said: “The CTRS was set up last year as a rapid response measure to mitigate any loss of people and skills from the industry caused by Covid-19, having learned what happened in previous recessions. We thank the Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy, CITB, major employers and others for their support.

“While there have obviously been redundancies in our sector, we have also seen a high level of skills retention and redeployment work too, including the fantastic employer response to retaining apprentices.

“The level of support and collaboration from the breadth of the sector has given us the confidence to develop further an industry-wide portal for talent management. Talentview Construction, an addition to CTRS, will soon provide a shop window for all those wishing to enter the industry as new entrants and career changers – a real opportunity to attract the new skills we need and to improve the diversity of the industry.”

Construction Talent Retention Scheme Support

The CTRS is estimated to have saved businesses more than £485,000 to date, based on typical recruitment costs, since it started. Further savings are achieved through internal redeployment placements facilitated through the system.

The scheme will remain completely free to use for all construction businesses and candidates until at least April 2022.

So far, CTRS has promoted 8,675 vacancies from construction companies across a range of roles. Posts are site and office-based, professional and trade, and including many jobs suitable for people with transferrable skills in other sectors such as aviation, retail, hospitality and leisure. It has also supported many larger organisations with internal redeployment programmes.

Currently there are around 1,700 live vacancies being promoted on the CTRS site and more than 1,600 candidates registered.

Almost three quarters of the employers registered on the scheme are SMEs, but the CTRS has also received backing from bigger firms such as MACE, Sir Robert McAlpine, Kier Group, Barratt Developments, AECOM and Costain.

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