Six months on from the launch of the updated Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Industry Skills Plan, I’m delighted to share how we’ve worked together to support the industry.

As CITB’s Customer and Product Director and Co-Chair of the CLC’s People and Skills Network I’ve seen the extraordinary things we can achieve when we pull together and work collaboratively.

Developing skills is what motivates me and my colleagues. We all benefit from a highly skilled workforce. We need it to build our homes and infrastructure, modernise the world around us and prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.

It’s part of our job at CITB to ensure the right skills are in the right place. To achieve this, we need a strategy. One which is created by industry, for industry.

The latest CITB Business Plan lays the groundwork, investing the Levy to support industry to have a skilled, competent and inclusive workforce, now and in the future. But addressing the skills gap isn’t something we can do alone. That’s why our work with the CLC and our other partners through the People and Skills Network is so important.

As a collective of voices across construction, the CLC works to drive growth and investment, improve productivity, and build skills capacity. This is made possible through cross-industry collaboration. Industry representatives, including those from CITB, SMEs, representative bodies and trade federations, jointly agree a programme to best meet the needs of construction.

My role as Co-Chair of the People and Skills Network is to influence the wider skills agenda to deliver for our customers. We recognise one of the biggest challenges is recruiting and retaining skilled people, so we spearheaded four key priority areas in the Industry Skills Plan (External link – Opens in a new tab or window) to improve how we attract and progress people through the industry.

They are:

  • Changing culture to improve access for all
  • Boosting routes into industry
  • Improving competence and creating frameworks to meet the needs of industry
  • Developing skills for a modernised industry

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