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£22 Million Funding To Boost Construction Skills And Boost Home Building
Scaffolding companies in Hull could find they have better opportunities to offer training to new recruits, following the release of £22 million funding from the government.
The latest funding announcement is for money to be spent on on-site training opportunities to boost skills in the construction industry to help reach house building targets.
It is hoped that the funding will help achieve the government’s target to build 300,000 extra homes by the 2020s.
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.
Organisations that are interested in taking part in the training are being encouraged to get in touch with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) with any expressions of interest that are: “innovative, collaborative and with training at their heart”.
The funding will form part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, released last year. This Strategy outlines plans to improve the overall infrastructure of the country through targeted construction on crucial projects, with the hope it will generate a number of jobs for the country.
It is already expected that a total of 158,000 new construction jobs will be created in the next five years as demand for construction increases to solve the housing crisis. Meanwhile the total number of people working in the construction industry is expected to fall as many immigrant workers leave the UK as it prepares to leave the European Union.
Skills Minister Anne Milton said: “For our economy to thrive we need everyone, regardless of their age or background, to be able to get the training and the skills they need to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead.
“The Government has committed to building 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s and we want to make sure that we are investing in the UK skills base to deliver this.”
Concerns over lack of workers
Concerns over a lack of construction workers have been raised over recent years due to the number of European nationals leaving the UK. There have been various attempts to improve the training opportunities for people in the industry in order to improve the number of people and skills in it.
While industry bodies have been calling on the government to clarify the situation for many immigrant workers, this has done little to stem the tide of many skilled construction workers leaving the country.
In addition to this the Government has also unveiled increased funding for apprenticeships for construction firms as well as T-levels. It is hoped these will improve the overall standard of training in the construction industry and this latest funding announcement is moving in a similar direction.
There are also plans to increase the diversity of the sector by increasing the number of women and people from different ethnic groups apply. Schemes to increase the visibility of the construction industry to these groups hope to increase the total pool of people considering entering the sector.