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Member Briefing: Home Building Skills Partnership launches projects to attract trades and upskill sub-contractors

Date: 06/04/17

Home Building Skills Partnership launches projects to attract trades and upskill sub-contractors

CITB has accepted bids from the Home Building Skills Partnership to receive funding for two projects to;   

  • fast track new entrants from college diploma courses into bricklaying and plastering/dry lining 
  • support development of skills in the existing supply chain contractor workforce   

Project to fast track new entrants from college diploma courses into bricklaying and plastering/dry lining

The project will look to address the very poor employment rate into construction for students on diploma courses.  The approach will put students selected by employers at an interview based on attitude and knowledge through a ‘competency boot camp’. This will give them practice time to develop their skills, help to improve their speed, provide practical work experience, and award an NVQ completion/CSCS card when finished.

A key advantage of this approach is that if they are successful they will be proficient and hold a CSCS card in less than 12 months. We still have places available - if you are interested in getting involved please contact skillspartnership@hbf.co.uk as soon as possible.

If we are to use the scheme to benefit students leaving college this academic year, summer 2017, we will need to develop this proposal urgently. 

Project to support development of skills in existing supply chain contractor workforce

We have funds to support home builders establish a collaborative approach to training with their sub-contractors.  This would allow you to jointly produce a programme to support their staff development, particularly with regards to quality and innovation, as well as health and safety, leadership etc. 

This funding will test the suggested option of enabling the home builder to claim the CITB grant on behalf of their sub-contractors.  We would want to demonstrate a focus on sub-contractors who currently do limited or no training, nor recover the CITB grant funding toward the cost of training.  Each programme can be customised to the business needs of both your and your sub-contractors businesses.  This project will run from June 2017 to June 2019 and you could be involved for all or part of that time period.  If interested, please contact skillspartnership@hbf.co.uk as soon as possible.