The UK Government has announced a new £22 million fund to help tackle the construction skills shortage. The Construction Skills Fund will bring training to construction sites thus allowing learners to apply their knowledge in a real-world environment. The aim of the fund is to help meet the needs of employers while also supporting those who want to join the industry, particularly adult learners.
The scheme will run for 18 months, is funded by the Department for Education and will be administered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The fund aims to support:
- 20 on-site training hubs
- Work experience and placements for people working to join the industry
- Entry pathways for those currently unemployed
- Pathways for career switchers.
Funding will be awarded to bids best able to deliver an on-site training hub; it is likely that a lead organisation will apply to receive the funding on behalf of a collaboration that may include:
- Employer with large infrastructure or housing projects
- Local authorities
- Combined authorities
- Housing associations
- Other clients (e.g. HS2)
- Training groups
- Higher education
- Private training
Funding will only support on-site training provision, and access to live construction projects is essential to qualify. Grants could support, for example, the establishment of the hub’s training facilities, a skills coordinator for each project, and the cost of training delivery and qualifications.
The closing date for expressions of interest is eight weeks from the launch date of 17th September 2018.
Applicants selected to go forward to Stage 2 will then receive more information on the application deadline.