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Skills action plan could see £3 billion economic growth in Northern Ireland

Building a skilled future – Sector Skills Agreement for Construction…

The vision of a construction industry that is fully qualified, highly professional and working safely to deliver outstanding value in Northern Ireland was highlighted at the launch of the construction industry Sector Skills Agreement (SSA).

The construction industry SSA drawn up by ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for Construction, is a series of agreements between training providers, employers and Government, designed to address the construction industry’s current and future skills needs in Northern Ireland. The agreements tackle the industry’s key challenges and include targets such as recruiting 13,000 new entrants by 2010 to meet demand, qualifying the existing workforce to an industry minimum of Vocational Qualification level 2 or equivalent, and improving business performance.

These agreements set benchmarks and milestones for workforce development across the Province and are signed up to by employers and key partners who supply, fund and plan education and training.

Allan McMullen, Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) said, “The construction industry is ahead of the game when it comes to involving employers in the planning, funding and delivery of training, in order to ensure the industry has the right people with the right skills, in the right place at the right time.

This will contribute to the success of the SSA, which formally gives employers a real say in the skills and training needs of the industry, creating the best opportunity we have ever had to tackle construction’s future skills needs.

By implementing the actions outlined in the SSA in partnership with employers and key industry stakeholders, ConstructionSkills believes that we can ensure we have the skilled workers required to build the schools, hospitals, roads, houses and sporting venues planned for the next 10 years.”

The construction industry SSA was one of five launched together and industry leaders, educators, trade union representatives and Government officials led by Aideen McGinley, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) celebrated this success.

Commenting on the new Sector Skill Agreements Aideen McGinley, Permanent Secretary, DEL stated: “DEL is working with the Skills for Business network to determine the skills needs in 25 industry sectors and I am very pleased to see the good progress being made through the launch of five Northern Ireland Sector Skills Agreements. I am delighted that we in Northern Ireland are now making good progress on the SSAs.”

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Pictured are:
Allan McMullen,
Chief Executive CITB,
Sean Campbell, Chairman, CITB,
Karen Hunter, Operations Manager ConstructionSkills
and Harry Johnson, CIG.

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