More traineeships key to new industry skills strategy

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The latest industry-wide skills program addresses the shortage of workers by expanding traineeships and focusing connected competence alternatively than qualifications.

The program was published by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) People and Skills radical to laic retired yearly goals for the manufacture and authorities to tackle the skills shortage successful the built environment, which is beset by a grounds level of vacancies, totalling 50,000 successful the archetypal 4th of 2022.

This is the 2nd specified program and builds connected a mandate published past March. New initiatives see scaling up trade-based traineeships, which assistance young radical to summation enactment acquisition successful operation trades. The existing bricklaying traineeship volition beryllium pushed further, alongside the instauration of the aforesaid opportunities successful carpentry and joinery, coating and decorating, and drylining.

The CLC is besides doubling down connected its collaboration with the Competence Steering Group (CSG) to acceptable up six ‘pilot’ sector-specific competence frameworks for precedence occupations. These see plumbing and heating, drylining, occurrence detection and alarms, occurrence stopping, rain-screen cladding and roofing. The frameworks are besides aimed astatine reaching higher levels of information successful the industry.

Currently, the CLC and CSG is moving to physique a competence model for installers, which lays retired the circumstantial skills needed for jobs successful the sector, arsenic agreed widely. Current challenges see the deficiency of uniformity crossed the proviso chain, in-work advancement for experienced workers without qualifications, and the trouble of tapping into tiny business, sole traders and the self-employed.

Group president and Mace main enforcement Mark Reynolds said advancement connected the skills program would beryllium made if much parts of the manufacture got connected committee and worked together.

“We tin marque fantastic advancement if we get much parts of the manufacture progressive successful what we are seeking to accomplish,” helium said. “The caller skills-plan update volition assistance america to execute our goals by mounting retired wherever we privation to beryllium by the extremity of this twelvemonth and outlining however our manufacture tin get involved.”

Other highlights successful the skills program see restoring apprentice starts to pre-COVID levels by adjacent year, bringing astir 3,000 starts connected a skills bootcamp, securing 1,700 progressive operation STEM ambassadors, and delivering 28,000 work-experience taster sessions.

For the last 3 months of 2021, the fig of operation vacancies fell slightly, to 42,000, but was inactive precocious by humanities standards.