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Our progress in the East of England

The delivery of a Sector Skills Agreement for Construction in the East Midlands depends on the full participation of all stakeholders, employers, employer organisations, trades unions, education and training providers and all major planning and funding agencies.

Established in 2002, the East of England Construction Skills Forum is playing a leading role in identifying gaps and providing a co-ordinated response to the skills needs and productivity issues facing the region’s construction industry.

To ensure full alignment with the key SSA challenges, the Forum operates through three subgroups – Improving Performance; Qualifying the Workforce; Image and Recruitment. Recent key successes include:

• Supporting innovative training projects through the Regional Adult Skills Pilot

• Organising a conference with key partners to inform the region’s image and recruitment strategy

• Celebrating best practice and achievement in construction training through the annual East of England Training Awards

Both the Forum and its three subgroups involve a wide range of strategic partners – including the East of England Development Agency, construction employers, the Learning and Skills Council, the Government Office, Business Link, Jobcentre Plus, Constructing Excellence, SummitSkills, further and higher education.

Drawing on this broad base of local knowledge and expertise, the Forum has developed regional action plans that identify priority areas, work in progress and future activities.

The collaborative actions in the SSA are monitored against key targets and are under regular review to ensure they keep pace with an ever-changing construction industry and its ever-changing skills demands.

Download a snapshot of: The East of England 243kb PDF file.

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