According to the new initiative, £1m will be invested by both parties to support a programme of skills and training activity tailored specifically to meeting the needs of the sector in Greater London. The scheme was developed to support construction’s role in boosting the capital’s economy and directly address the growing skills gap in the industry.
BE Group has been procured to provide project management services for the Greater London Joint Initiative. Providers have been signed to deliver the six development projects in Greater London.
Ixion Holdings and the Green Skills Partnership will be developing and delivering a programme of support to help 500 unemployed construction workers to re-enter the industry and ensure that valuable skills are retained in the sector.
The Construction Youth Trust and London Youth have been procured to develop and deliver a shared work placement programme for 100 NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training) while Bouygues will be providing bespoke support for clients interested in adopting the National Skills Academy for Construction’s Client Based Approach.
Shared Intelligence, Montpellier and a consortium comprising of BE Group, the FMB (Federation of Master Builders) and the London Borough of Croydon have been procured to deliver a range of specialist business development training for construction SMEs across Greater London while Emergent have been commissioned to conduct research to understand the potential for the development of construction SME cooperatives in the capital.
Janette Welton-Pai, CITB Sector Strategy Manager for Greater London, said:
“We’re delighted to have secured providers for each of the projects in this exciting initiative. We firmly believe the providers will bring real value to the construction industry in Greater London in the near future.
“We know that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to skills and it’s particularly important in the current climate to ensure that any training or up-skilling is relevant. CITB looks forward to seeing the programme of projects get underway and make a difference for London’s construction employers and workers.”
The London scheme forms part of a wider Joint Investment programme being rolled out by CITB which aims to promote and develop local construction skills in key localities. The construction sector accounts for 8% GDP and a workforce of 2.1 million across the UK.
The construction industry therefore has a significant role to play in the growth of local economies as the UK returns to growth following the recession. The joint investment programme will support the need to address skills gaps in areas of opportunity to ensure that construction businesses can meet growing demand and contribute to local economic growth.
Harvey McGrath, Deputy Chair of the London Enterprise Panel, said:
“Much work has gone in to setting this programme up and I am very pleased that the six strands of training and support are now ready to go. The construction sector is key to the success of London’s economy, which is why the London Enterprise Panel fully supports this initiative as part of a wider programme of activity that the LEP is leading in order to ensure London can provide the skills that the sector will need to deliver growth in the capital.”