On November 16, Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced that new construction site hubs will train a new generation of workers and help combat the shortage of skills in the industry.
Twenty-six partnerships across the UK have won part of the Construction Skills Fund, which is valued at £22 million. They will be setting up the new construction hubs that will train over 17,000 people to be ready to join the construction industry by March 2020. The winning projects have committed to training over 7,000 people to be ready for permanent jobs by the time the programme ends.
With approximately 158,000 new construction workers needed in Britain over the next five years, the scheme will help produce qualified workers.
The Education Secretary said a strong post-Brexit workforce was imperative, and that the Construction Skills Fund will make it possible for more people gain the necessary skills for a successful career in construction. It will also help create the skilled workers needed to deliver on the Government housing ambitions.
Mr. Hinds said that technical education was also being transformed by the introduction of a new T level in construction. This high-quality qualification will take effect in 2020.
Whether building new homes or supporting key infrastructure projects, working in the construction industry will help shape the country in the future.
All the construction hubs will be located at live construction sites, giving trainees the opportunity to learn in a real construction environment and gain the skills needed to enjoy a career in construction.