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Last edited 11 May 2021
Industry Skills Plan 2021-2025
On 11 March 2021, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) published a sector-wide skills plan for construction. Developed by industry and backed by the Government, the Industry Skills Plan for the UK Construction Sector 2021-25 sets out the key skills challenges facing construction and examines how they will be tackled.
- Standards and qualifications.
- Training, education and development.
- Culture and working environment.
 Specific initiatives
To improve the attractiveness of construction careers and to offer better access to them, a Talent View portal will be created, providing a one-stop-shop for new entrants. An industry standard for work experience will also be put in place.
There will be a focus on competence with new competence frameworks. New training standards will be set in two areas: to support the drive towards net zero fossil fuel emissions; and for smart construction to develop digital and offsite construction skills.
In addition, up to 7,000 STEM ambassadors will be encouraged to join the sector-specific construction and built environment scheme, with a target of 1,700 fully supported by 2024. A set of new construction traineeship programmes and a pathway from further education into construction will be developed to support and boost routes into the industry.
Mark Reynolds, group chief executive of Mace and CLC member, said the plan “...should have a far-reaching impact on how we attract, retain and develop people in construction and help deliver upon Government’s home-building and infrastructure plans.”
Andrew Eldred, ECA’s director of skills and employment and a member of the CLC People and Skills Network, said “This skills plan signifies a marked change of gear. It seeks to tackle not only the industry’s immediate skills and training issues, but also the root causes of the UK’s historical under-performance. Just as our current problems are interrelated, so too are the solutions. A virtuous circle is potentially within our grasp, incorporating stronger competence and employment standards, increased employer engagement with education, and improved innovation, quality and safety”.
Sarah Beale, chief executive of CITB and chair of the CLC Skills Network said: “We now all need to get behind this plan and support sector-wide initiatives such as the Talent Retention Scheme, STEM Ambassadors and the Fairness, Inclusion and Respect programme. There’s no doubt that if this spirit of collaboration continues and this plan is delivered, Industry will be much better able to attract new talent and meet upcoming skills and productivity challenges.”
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