Contractors canvassed on future skills needs

Aaron Morby 13 years ago
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CITB-ConstructionSkills has launched a sweeping review into the skills and competency levels needed in the industry.

The industry’s views are being sought on whether current construction qualifications will meet the needs of employers and learners in the future.

The last few years has seen a bewildering mix of new initiatives and schemes, as well as big changes to the ways contractors work.

The recent HSE/Pye Tait report into competence identified the need to confirm the industry’s definition of competence.

In addition, the recession, renewed focus on apprenticeships and the UK’s green agenda will all impact on future skills needs.

This is likely to demand that changes to the current construction qualifications and delivery methods were needed, said the training body.

Nick Gooderson, head of education, Training and Qualifications at CITB-ConstructionSkills, said: “We want to hear industry’s views around what training and qualifications they think will be needed going forward so we can secure the future shape of that provision to better meet their requirements and skills needs of the sector.

“CITB-ConstructionSkills is working to deliver the right skills for economic growth locally and nationally and in the face of this changing landscape we need to ensure that we have fit for purpose qualifications and pathways that meet sector and learner needs.

He added: “We’re working on industry’s behalf to ensure that industry card schemes are informed about qualifications that can demonstrate competence and that we correctly identify the volume and nature of resources required to support of construction education for every one who needs it within the industry.

CITB-ConstructionSkills is keen to hear from all areas of the industry, including employers, SMEs, the federations, trade unions, higher and further education institutions, universities, professional institutions and awarding organisations, so we can respond to their future needs.

“We’re committed to bringing new blood into our industry and making businesses succeed and grow and this includes ensuring that the current education and qualification structure can equip learners with the skills needed by employers,” added Gooderson

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