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ConstructionSkills? What’s that all about?

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Well it began with the realisation that the UK construction industry can only compete in the global economy if it has a highly skilled and productive workforce – areas in which the UK is lagging behind.

ConstructionSkills is the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for construction – which decides how training is delivered and funded in the UK.

There are currently 22 SSCs in the UK covering all sectors of the economy from textiles to finance and IT. They are independent, employer-led organisations that actively involve trade unions, professional bodies and other key stakeholders. For the first time, SSCs give employers direct input into how training funding and policy are organised.

An SSC is the voice of the industry it represents – not of government. But it is answerable to government for meeting its targets through its Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) and the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA).

ConstructionSkills is responsible for dealing with the skills needs of the UK-Construction industry. The four key goals are to:

  • reduce skills gaps and shortages
  • improve productivity
  • increase opportunities for all individuals in the workforce
  • improve learning supply

ConstructionSkills is made up of three separate organisations:

  • The Construction Industry Council (CIC) – which represents professional bodies, research organisations and specialist trade associations. It has a collective membership of 500,000 professionals and 25,000 firms of construction consultants.
  • CITB Northern Ireland – is committed to encouraging the adequate training of those employed in, or intending to be employed in the construction industry in Northern Ireland.
  • CITB-ConstructionSkills – Provides training advice and funding in England, Scotland and Wales.

Through ConstructionSkills, the whole of the construction industry – craft, technical and professional services – is now able to speak with one voice.

To keep up to date with all the latest news on what ConstructionSkills is doing and discover how your company can get involved in helping secure the future of the UK construction industry register for the Skills Update.

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