Construction trailblazing to improve apprenticeships

A partnership of employers, supported by CITB, has come together to lead a trailblazer to improve construction apprenticeships.

One of eight trailblazers announced by government, the project will initially give the partnership of employers and professional bodies the opportunity to develop new standards for Wood Occupations and Construction Assembly Technicians. Further apprenticeships are being reviewed for inclusion at a later stage.

This new approach to apprenticeship development is putting employers in the driving seat to ensure qualifications are fit for purpose and address growing skills needs in the sector.

The partnership includes Laing O’Rourke, Carillion Construction Ltd, Lovell Partnerships Ltd, Seddon, Kier, Balfour Beatty, MOD (Army) Royal Engineers, H&H Joiners & Builders Ltd, K&M McLoughlin Decorating Ltd, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

  • This will be supported by CITB in an advisory and governance capacity.
  • The partnership will work to ensure the new standards:
  • Respond to the needs of industry, so that each apprentice has the skills required by the sector now and in the future
  • Focus on quality so the apprentice has to demonstrate their ability through rigorous assessment at the end of their apprenticeship
  • Look to grade apprenticeships on completion – pass, merit, or distinction – to mark the level of achievement

Matthew Hancock, Skills and Enterprise Minister said:

“National Apprenticeship Week is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

“We want to see Apprenticeships become the new norm for all ambitious young people, and employers who are dedicated to growing their own talent and increasing the skills base of the nation.

“I would like to thank everyone who is involved with this trailblazer for their commitment to Apprenticeships and Traineeships”

Alison Lamplough, Head Operational Training at Laing O’Rourke said:

“We are delighted to be asked to lead this important Trailblazer. As a major employer, we believe it is important that apprenticeships are developed to recognised standards and are relevant to employer needs while at the same time provide a route for young people into the construction industry.”

James Wates, Chairman CITB said:

“Construction faces a perfect storm. 400,000 workers are set to retire in the next five years and with skills shortages at an all-time high, we need to make sure that we recruit the best and brightest talent so we can compete for business on a global scale. This partnership is a great first step – and it puts employers in the driving seat to ensure that we have the right skills to thrive.”

The construction trailblazer group will work together over the next 3-6 months developing both apprenticeship frameworks for Wood Occupations and Construction Assembly Technicians.