The construction industry has been boosted by a £22m government fund aimed at tackling the current skills shortage, reports the CITB.

Launched by Anne Milton, the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, the Construction Skills Fund will increase training on construction sites, encouraging more people to join the industry. The site-based training will enable participants to apply their knowledge in an authentic construction environment; the needs of employers looking to fill skills shortages will be met too.

Aimed at young adult learners, the site-based training will support trainees in becoming job-ready quicker, bridging the gap between learning and working in the industry. The Construction Skills Fund will provide for work experience, placements, opportunities for the unemployed, and pathways for career switchers.

Skills Minister Anne Milton said: “For our economy to thrive we need everyone, regardless of their background, to be able to get the training and the skills they need to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead.”

The scheme is funded by the Department of Education and will be administered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). CITB is now encouraging employers, housing associations and local authorities to come forward with expressions of interest.

Steve Radley, Policy Director at CITB, said: “The Construction Skills Fund is a milestone scheme for the sector and provides a significant investment in skills and training. We are confident that, with industry support, it can help meet construction’s skills needs now and in the future.”

The fund is a part of the government’s wider industrial strategy, seeking to build a highly skilled and competitive economy. The creation of 20 on-site hubs is targeted to support waves of trainees and help deliver 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s.

With the government encouraging more people to join the construction industry and fill the skills shortage, companies must adapt their practices to attract the skills of the next generation.

When it comes to emerging talent, Eque2 has always been strong advocates of supporting learners with the best resources, which in turn ensures the long-term health of the industry. It was recently announced that The City of Glasgow College is implementing EValuate estimating software to help students working towards a career in the construction industry (you can read the full article here). The progressive college recognises the need to continually modernise and adopt new practices to remain relevant in today’s tough climate.

Contact a member of the Eque2 team to discuss how our estimating software can enhance your business, changing your work environment to one that is attractive for new talent to develop.