After extensive consultation with DfE and Government; a multi-million pound fund to help tackle the construction skills shortage has been launched by the Skills Minister Anne Milton, with 158,000 new construction jobs expected to be created in the UK over the next five years.
The £22 million Construction Skills Fund will bring training to construction sites, allowing learners to apply their knowledge in a real workplace, and helping their transition into their new career. The fund is designed to meet the needs of employers and people seeking to join the construction industry, particularly adult learners.
The 18-month scheme is funded by the DfE and will be administered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
The fund aims to support:
· 20 on-site training hubs in England
· Work experience and placements for people working to join the industry
· Entry pathways for those currently unemployed
· Pathways for career switchers.
CITB is now calling on Federations, Training Groups, employers, housing associations and other interested bodies such as LEPs and local authorities to submit ‘Expressions of Interest’. These can be from both existing or prospective on-site learning hubs. The funding will only support on-site training provision, and access to live construction projects is essential to qualify.
An Expression of Interest should consider partnership working with a priority focus on home-building and infrastructure projects. This process should identify how organisations such as employers, local authorities, FE providers and housing associations can collaborate to make the training hubs happen. CITB will work with interested parties to prepare them for the streamlined application process which will open in the coming weeks.
The Construction Skills Fund is now open for submissions. Find out more by visiting: www.citb.co.uk/csf. The successful bids will be awarded in the autumn.
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