£10m boost from CITB to get people of diverse backgrounds into construction

CITB will target more than 11,800 people to attract them into construction careers.Construction output is expected to grow by 1.3% per year with 168,500 jobs created by 2023, challenging employers to recruit more people from diverse backgrounds. Just 16% of construction employees are female and 7% BAME, partly because construction firms rely on traditional recruitment methods such as word of mouth.

Pathways Into Construction will attract people from underrepresented groups over the next three years with CITB’s investment establishing recruitment pathways that employers can use in future.

This supports construction employers by helping them meet their workforce and skills needs. Pathways Into Construction will see a £10m investment in 270 colleges; construction employers and federations; infrastructure projects; councils; housing associations; armed forces organisations; charities; prisons; recruiters and training providers across England, Wales and Scotland to connect employers with people who traditionally don’t enter the industry.

CITB insight into critical training and employment issues underpins the Pathways Into Construction programme with investment aimed at key groups including young people not in education, training or work; women; long-term unemployed; service leavers who left the military at least 12 months ago; and full-time learners, focusing on CBE Diploma students.In the West Midlands and East Anglia, Women Into Construction will assist 240 women with work-readiness support and job placements with 30 companies, half of which are to be small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Specifically in Wales, Creating Enterprise will also run work readiness courses and placements for more than 140 long-term unemployed people, including careers support plans beyond the project. Also in Wales, the Community Impact Initiative will provide nine renovation projects for 72 women to train on, plus CSCS card testing, along with vital on-site work experience to enable employment in the industry.

In Scotland, Sibbald will target 180 service leavers and young people not in education, training or employment within the North Glasgow area, in partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College, TIGERS Ltd, Keepmoat and Morgan Sindall.  

Stephen Cole, CITB Head of Careers Strategy, said: “With thousands of jobs being created in the coming years, Pathways Into Construction will demonstrate that we need to stop fishing in only half the pond and diversify the talent pool to meet future skills needs."We’ll explore the best routes, which employers can adopt in future, to bring under-represented groups into the industry, not only filling the skills gap but also supporting employers by recruiting domestic talent with Brexit on the horizon.”

Mark Reynolds, Mace Group CEO and Construction Leadership Council lead on skills, said: “The funding awarded to the 16 projects will have a huge impact… It will help to ensure that everyone can access high-quality construction training and employers can find the right new people to deliver their projects.”

Other organisations leading Pathways Into Construction multi-partner projects include: Abbey Access Training; Balfour Beatty; Construction Youth Trust; Croydon Council, Doncaster College; Ethos VO Ltd; the Home Builders Federation; Leeds Beckett University; Lendlease; Saint-Gobain; Sibbald Ltd; and YTKO.

Find out more about Pathways Into Construction.

Notes to editors

The 94 construction companies, federations and infrastructure projects involved in Pathways Into Construction projects are:

AECOM; Area; Ardmore; Auctus Management Group; Avondale Construction; AVV Solutions; Balfour Beatty; Barratt; BDL; the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA); Bouygues; Brenig Construction; BW; BYLOR; CALA Homes; Carey Group; CEG; Chapman Ventilation; the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES); Churngold Construction Ltd; the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA); Countryside Properties; Crest Nicholson; Durkan; EDF; ENGIE; Esh; the Federation of Master Builders; Flahive Brickwork; Fortem; Galliford Try; Henry Boot; HE Simm; Hill Ltd; Hinkley Point C; the Home Builders Federation; HS2; iConsult; IKO; the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management; Keepmoat; Keltbray; Kier; L Lynch Plant Hire; Laing O’Rourke; Lee Warren; Lendlease; Legal and General; Linden; Lindum Construction; London Region Constructoin Training Group; Loughton Contracts; Lovell; Mace; MB Roche and Sons Ltd; McCarrick Construction; McCarthy and Stone; MCP Environmental; Mears; Midas Group; Miller Homes; Morgan Sindall; Morrisroe; MR Scaffolding; Mulalley; Murphy Group; National House Building Council (NHBC); Neilcott Construction Group; Persimmon; Redrow Homes; Reliable Contractors; Robertson; Rooff; Royal BAM Group; the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); Saint-Gobain; Seddon; Services Design Solution; Spire Construction Services; Taylor Wimpey; Taylor Woodrow Construction; Telford Homes; United Living; Urban and Civic; VGC Group; Vinci; Wates; Willmott Dixon; Wills Bros Ltd; Wilson James; and the Yorkshire Builders Federation. 

About CITB:

CITB is the Industrial Training Board (ITB) for the construction industry in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). CITB uses its research and labour market intelligence to understand the sector’s skills needs, and works with industry and government to make sure construction has the right skills, now and for the future.CITB is modernising its funding approach to invest in areas that will deliver the best returns for industry, and enable the sector to attract and train talented people to build a better Britain.