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Unique Construction Projects Win Share of £22 Million to Train Workers

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.

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Recent statistics indicate that over 222,000 new homes were built in the 2017-18 year, showing that the government is on track to deliver 300,000 properties annually by the mid-2020s. The construction training hubs will both support this goal and provide a necessary skills boost for the construction industry.

Kit Malthouse, Minister of State for Housing, said that a skilled and dedicated construction workforce was needed to build homes. The fund will play an important role in training the workers. It will also guide the National Retraining Scheme, which is benefiting from a £100m investment.

This innovative programme is part of the modern Industrial Strategy- the Government’s long-term plan to get the UK future-ready by helping businesses create jobs throughout the country.

The Construction Industry Training Board is delivering the scheme, which is being funded by the Department for Education.

The Construction Industry Training Board Chief Executive, Sarah Beale, said that the Construction Skills Fund can make a real difference for both the construction industry and the people being trained for employment.

She said that there was a huge need for homegrown talent and these projects will bring thousands of new employees into the construction sector, giving the experience needed for a successful career in construction. The 26 construction hubs will be located at some of Britain’s most innovative sites, and CITB will be sparing no effort to ensure that they deliver the skills the industry critically needs.

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