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Regional Sector Skills Agreements Storming Ahead

The past two weeks have seen the launch of SSAs for the Southern Counties and East regions.

The construction industry’s SSAs, negotiated by ConstructionSkills, are a series of agreements between training providers, employers and government to address the construction industry’s current and future skills needs, such as increasing the number of young people completing construction apprenticeships. Please read on to find out more about what’s happening in each region and to hear from those people we are working with to address these needs.

Southern Counties

John Course, CITB-ConstructionSkills Southern Counties Area Manager, commented: “Our overriding aim is to ensure the qualifications, business support, training and funding infrastructures in the South East of England are such that the industry has the right people with the right skills in the right place at the right time in order to meet client expectations on quality, time and cost.”

The industry in the South East has openings for professional and graduate level entrants: from civil engineers to landscape architects. For example, between now and 2008, we expect to have opportunities for 7,000 managers, 5,160 clerical staff and 1,480 technicians as well as 3,800 bricklayers and 3,000 painters and decorators.

John Parsonage, Director of Learning & Skills at SEEDA, commenting on the SSA said: "This new strategy focuses on the major long-term issues of ensuring that this substantial workforce has the skills needed to respond to changing working practices throughout their careers. It reflects the need for employers and individuals to react to these changes in order to increase productivity and remain competitive on a global scale."

Over 293,000 people are employed directly and indirectly by the construction industry in the South East alone. Total construction output in 2003 was approximately £10.5bln in the South East.

Steve Sumitomo-Wyatt, Head of Workforce Development, Learning and Skills Council (LSC) Surrey, said: “The Sector Skills Agreement offers the LSC an opportunity to focus its funding on those areas of construction training that the sector needs. As a result, we are now working closely with CITB-ConstructionSkills on funding for training via the On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) route. We are also exploring funding for construction training connected to the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012.”

East

Adrian Bouckley, CITB-ConstructionSkills East & Greater London Area Manager, commented: “Our overriding aim is to ensure the qualifications, business support, training and funding infrastructures in the East of England are such that the industry has the right people with the right skills in the right place at the right time in order to meet client expectations on quality, time and cost.”

The industry in the East has openings for professional and graduate level entrants: from civil engineers to landscape architects. For example, between 2004 and 2008, we expect to have opportunities for 9,790 managers, 4,620 painters and decorators, 5,770 bricklayers and 11,810 in wood trades.

Alison Lys, Head of Skills at the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), welcomed the Sector Skills Agreement. She said: “Employers, government and providers agreeing a common set of priorities is enormously helpful in focusing efforts to tackle areas of greatest need in a joined-up way.”

Current major projects in the East of England include the £5 – 6bln Haven Gateway project including the Colchester Garrison regeneration; Thames Gateway South Essex; three new school deals for Essex, Bedfordshire and Norfolk County Councils; recruits will also be needed for a new rail link between Ipswich and Oxford as well as the £100m Grand Arcade redevelopment in Cambridge and the M1 extension programme.

Matthew Fletcher, Director of Skills, Learning and Skills Council in Essex, said:

“The many benefits that a skilled construction industry workforce can contribute to the client, employer and community agenda are crucial for the economic and social development of the East of England. Initiatives that ensure dialogue and co-ordinate action with employers, providers and funding organisations provide the opportunity to make things happen.”

Over the long term, construction output in the East is set to be 15.4% higher in 2008 than in 2003.

For more information:

  • Press Release: Sector Skills Agreement for Southern Counties construction industry to tackle skills needs
  • Press Release: Sector Skills Agreement for East of England construction industry to tackle skills needs
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