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Construction sector leads the way in committing to Skills Pledge

Skills Minister congratulates employers

ConstructionSkills, one of the first organisations to commit to the Skills Pledge, has announced that more than 1,000 construction companies – with over 60,000 employees between them – have signed up to the Government’s Skills Pledge, making construction the leading sector in demonstrating its commitment to training.

The Pledge is a commitment to support all employees to develop their basic skills, including literacy and numeracy, and work towards relevant qualifications to at least GCSE standard. It is also a key route for companies to access the support and funding available through the Train to Gain service, which provides advice and training designed to meet their specific skills needs. Funding through Train to Gain will rise to over £1 Billion by 2010-11.

Our Company Development Advisors have been working with firms on the ground to secure their commitment to the Pledge, helping them to better understand what is needed to demonstrate a commitment to skills.

Welcoming the news, Minister for Skills David Lammy said:

“The importance of the construction sector to our long term prosperity cannot be underestimated. The work of ConstructionSkills in persuading more than 1000 companies to invest in the skills of their workforce is a vital step forward. By investing now these companies improve their productivity, increase their ability to compete in a global market and provide new opportunities for their workforce and their families.

Creating a workforce that is able to meet the challenge of projects such as the Olympics, Crossrail and the Thames Gateway is essential to the future prosperity of the country. The Skills Pledge offers another way for employers across the UK to show their commitment to training - and it’s great that construction is leading the way.”

With over one thousand construction employers committed to the Skills Pledge, ConstructionSkills is calling for all companies to invest in training their staff.

Mike Bialyj, Advisory Services Director said:

“ConstructionSkills is extremely pleased to be able demonstrate the industry’s commitment to the Skills Pledge. We have been working with industry to encourage investment in skills and training for over 40 years, and the shift we have seen in attitudes is now being seen outside the industry. With 1,500 staff – from Company Development Advisors visiting firms to our Grant team ensuring training payments are made on time – we are well placed to continue to drive the Government’s skills targets.”

Companies who have already signed up range from major contractors such as Rok, to much smaller and more specialist firms such as Byrne Brothers, and all are seeing the benefits.

Paul Salmon, Managing Director of Byrne Brothers said:

"Byrne Brothers has always believed passionately in training. We consider it to be a key part of our business, essential to our success and a lifelong investment. We already have examples of employees who through further training and with our support, have reached NVQ Level 4. Signing the Skills Pledge is a tangible demonstration of our belief and has strengthened our resolve to realise the potential of all our employees."

ConstructionSkills is working with employers across the construction sector to use the Pledge to extend investment in training and to access Government funding such as Train to Gain via the Learning and Skills Council.

For more information, please contact Jenny Rushforth on 020 7367 9817 or .

Andrew Russ Turner, ConstructionSkills, Skills Minister David Lammy MP and Paul Salmon and Paul Popescu from Bryne Brothers

Andrew Russ Turner, ConstructionSkills, Skills Minister David Lammy MP and Paul Salmon and Paul Popescu from Bryne Brothers

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