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ConstructionSkills' vision is to establish a National Skills Academy for Construction ('the Academy') as a Centre of Excellence for Work Based Learning. The main focus of the Academy will be the establishment of project-based training centres on all major construction projects.

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What is the purpose of the Academy?
  • To establish high performing workplaces contributing to the delivery of the construction project to quality, time and cost.
  • To establish construction projects as learning and development centres for the entire project team and the broader community.
  • To provide the availability of site-based and other training resources as an assessment for the lifetime of the project.
  • To raise training standards so that construction workers are provided with high quality fit for purpose training and development that meets the needs of employers to deliver the project.
  • To provide value for money for employers so that existing funding is more focused on identified training and development needs and that the Academy is as a minimum cost neutral in its development phase and generates real returns to the industry in the medium to longer term.

The Academy is designed to overcome the challenges of training a mobile workforce in a sector made up of large numbers of very small firms and sole traders, unable to commit, on an individual basis, to the costs of training, but who come together to form different parts of the supply chain on major projects.

Peter Lobban, Chief Executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills says:

“We are delighted that construction has been selected as one of the first sector skills academies. Construction is a modern, mobile industry which requires a modern, in-situ skills training solution. This dynamic and flexible National Skills Academy will be a Centre of Excellence for Work Based Learning, enabling training to be delivered to workers in the most effective way – through supply chains on major projects.

“There are beacons of good practice for on-site training - such as Paddington Basin and Canary Wharf - but for the industry to have high-performing workplaces as the norm rather than an exception requires a step-change in the concept of project-based training. We are now looking forward to working up detailed plans with the industry to make the National Skills Academy for Construction a reality.”

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