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A new framework of qualifications to secure the future of the Construction Industry

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Feedback from employer-focused consultation workshops throughout the UK had confirmed that the current system of qualifications was not helping the construction industry as much as it could. It was not giving youngsters the skills they needed to hold down a first job or existing workers the extra skills that employers needed to run an efficient companies.

So, in 2005 the Government gave ConstructionSkills the opportunity to put together a new framework for the future structure of qualifications.

As a result, a strategy with an action plan, priorities and success criteria has been created around the following areas:

  • Qualification strategy infrastructure
  • Industry recognition
  • Framework of standards, qualifications and units
  • Entry to industry
  • Migrant workers
  • Delivery infrastructure
  • Vocational education funding

More detailed information can be downloaded from the Have your say section on the ConstructionSkills website.

The next step for the strategy is drafting implementation plans for the four home nations. This will take place over the summer and then plans will be taken to industry for wider consultation.

If you have any questions on the Construction Qualification Strategy or would like to get involved please contact

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