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Construction Skills Fund

We work with employers to identify skills gaps in their workforces. Our CSF training hubs then find and get new workers site ready to fill these specific needs.

The Construction Skills Fund (CSF) provided free training for school leavers, people who were long-term unemployed and career changers who wanted to join the UK’s construction industry, benefitting both employers and workers by teaching people and helping them gain employment in required and immediately available roles.

Training took place at our CSF training hubs across England based within construction development sites, so that entrants could become employment and site-ready as quickly as possible.

The Construction Skills Fund has now finished, but if you're looking for training, or want to hire new individuals for your business, our Onsite Experience hubs can help.

Which employers used CSF?

CSF served employers of all sizes, training workers to be site-ready with a range of specifically required skills. Employers that have recruited workers from CSF include:

CSF trainees have been directly hired in a range of job roles, including:

  • Logistics operative
  • Gate operative
  • Labourer
  • Apprentice painter & decorator
  • Trainee bricklayer
  • Apprentice joiner
  • Apprentice quantity surveyor
  • Apprentice projects admin officer
  • Groundworks
  • Apprentice plumber 
  • Plumber’s mate
  • Trainee housebuilding operative

Impact since 2018 

CSF hubs continued training during the national lockdowns. Since the start of the fund, hubs provided onsite experience to just under 20,000 participants, including:

  • 43% moved from other industries
  • 32% from diverse ethnic backgrounds
  • 7% female.

Our impact

  • Just under 20,000 learners became employment and site ready
  • Over 6,000 learners were placed into jobs
  • 85% of learners were unemployed when they joined the hubs
  • 8,351 learners were new to construction
  • 12,310 learners were from traditionally under-represented groups – including women, disabled people and ethnic minorities.

Watch videos of some of the trainees who benefited from the Construction Skills Fund.

Evaluation reports

CSF1 Evaluation Final Report (PDF, 1.69MB)

CSF1 learner report Final Report (PDF, 298KB)

CSF2 Evaluation Final Report (PDF, 4MB)

Emma Conway

“CSF can deliver flexible training on request. Without the funding available we wouldn’t be able to offer training and progression as we currently do.”

Emma Smith, FM Conway

Want to get involved?

Are you looking to fill gaps in your workforce? Or you are hoping to join the construction industry?

The Construction Skills Fund has now finished, but you can get in touch with one of our new Onsite Experience hubs in England and Wales to advise on next steps, whether you're an employer or someone looking for work.