Government announces £22m fund to boost construction skills

Government announces £22m fund to boost construction skills

A multi million pound fund to help tackle the skills shortage in the construction industry has been launched by Skills Minister Anne Milton.

Last week teenagers up and down the country received their GCSE and A Level results, many hoping to get the required grades to go to university of choice. But the construction industry has long been overlooked as a viable career path and has suffered as a result.

The scheme will focus on delivering practical on-site training at 20 ‘hubs’ around the country, and is aimed at new entrants from every background, from school leavers to adult learners and those not currently in work.

Around 158,000 new construction jobs are predicted to be created within the next five years; it is hoped that the 18-month scheme will help to address the skills shortage and provide the industry with the skilled workforce it needs.

The health of the construction sector is closely linked to the government’s aim to build 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s, with Skills Minister Anne Milton commenting: “we want to make sure that we are investing in the UK skills base to deliver this.”

The Construction Industry Training Board, who are administering the scheme with funding from the Department on Education, are calling on employers, housing associations and other interested bodies such as LEPs and local authorities to submit expressions of interest, for both existing and prospective on-site learning hubs.

Article Published: 28th August 2018

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