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Giving you the workers you need

  • Are you fed up with workers having qualifications that don’t actually help your business in its day-to-day work?
  • Are you fed up having to keep on supervising colleagues because they don’t have the skills necessary to do the job properly?
  • Are you fed up with how our education system prepares youngsters for their first job in the construction industry?

In 2005 the Government gave us a unique opportunity to shape and modernise future qualifications for the construction industry to ensure that, people who pass them have the full range of skills required for their work. We are working with the Regulatory Authorities for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to put together a new framework for the future structure of qualifications based on your feedback about the current education and qualifications system.

Thank you for the feedback you have given us on this website and through our employer-focused consultation workshops in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The feedback confirms that the current system for qualifications is not benefiting the construction industry as much as it could. You told us that it doesn’t currently give young people the skills they need to hold down a first job. You also told us that it is not giving existing workers the extra skills that employers need from staff in order to help them run an efficient business.

Taking the Construction Qualification Strategy Forward

Make sure you bookmark this page as we will be putting an executive summary and the full report of all your valuable feedback on this website in May 2006.

A revised strategy with our action plan, priorities, success criteria and revised recommendations is being prepared. This will be approved by ConstructionSkills’ industry-led committee in April 2006 to inform our work moving forward.

Download the Action Plan 2.5mb PDF file

ConstructionSkills will continue to work with you to shape construction qualifications in order to give you the workers you need.

Why not find out more about the development of the Construction and the Built Environment Diploma (in England) and have your say on how this would best meet your needs. Visit

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