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3.0 ConstructionSkills' Sector Skills Agreement

3.0 ConstructionSkills’ Sector Skills Agreement

The ConstructionSkills mission for the industry is: “A fully skilled and professional UK construction industry working safely and delivering value.” To achieve this we need to deliver our Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) which identifies key skills challenges and offers innovative solutions to address them.

In terms of challenge, it is clear that we are reaching the limits of what can be achieved through the traditional business model for investment in training. To achieve the step change required we need to engage areas of the industry that have not traditionally been involved in training. The best way to achieve this is to harness the training opportunities that are provided when the whole supply chain – clients, professional services, major contractors and sub-contractors – comes together on a major construction project.

The SSA we’ve developed and agreed with stakeholders across government, industry and education offers significantly increased employer commitments to training and skills through their supply chains. Many of the training solutions outlined in the SSA have a project focus and demonstrate how the whole supply chain, including self-employed workers, can be engaged in helping to qualify new entrants and up-skill the existing workforce.

The key elements of the SSA are collaborative action plans addressing the construction industry’s four major skills challenges:

Improving Business Performance – increasing SMEs investing in training by 300% by 2010

  • Increasing the number of companies investing in training – with a threefold increase in the number of companies with a training plan and IiP
  • Developing management and leadership skills – with a £2m per year development pot
  • Supporting lifelong learning in construction including an expansion of Approved Graduate Training schemes and action learning CPD programmes
  • Developing skills for sustainability

Qualifying the Existing Workforce – over ¼ million to Vocational Qualification Level 2 by 2010

  • Intensifying and widening the industry’s Qualifying the Workforce Initiative – with a doubling to over 1 million workers covered by ‘licence to practice’ arrangements
  • Developing flexible training and qualification structures for specialist occupations – in partnership with product manufacturers
  • Assisting the effective integration of migrant workers – including meeting English language requirements

Recruiting Qualified New Entrants – almost ½ million by 2010

  • Improving understanding of the career opportunities in construction
  • Increasing apprentice completions and widening opportunities for onsite practice – increasing framework completions for 3,000 to 13,000 per year
  • Promoting diversity through local employment and training projects
  • Increasing quality applications for construction-related degree courses – with a £1m collaborative employer sponsorship pot

Infrastructure in support of these Priorities

  • Improving intelligence on skills for the future – with the Construction Skills Network
  • Further developing qualifications and progression routes to meet industry needs

The SSA gives ConstructionSkills the chance to build on its track record of success and really deliver the training and skills that our mission for the industry requires. But it also presents some challenges to the organisation. We need to demonstrate the value we are adding and continuously improve what we are doing.

Construction Industry Council
CITB Northern Ireland
Skills for Business Network

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