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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) provides free training for school leavers, people who are long-term unemployed and career changers who want 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 takes place at our CSF training hubs across England based within construction development sites, so that entrants can become employment and site-ready as quickly as possible.

Which employers use CSF?

CSF serves 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:

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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 have continued training during the national lockdowns. Since the start of the fund, hubs have provided onsite experience to over 13,000 participants, including:

  • 41% moving from other industries
  • 34% BAME 
  • 8% female.

Our impact

  • Over 13,443 learners have become employment and site ready
  • By May 2020, 3,925 learners had been placed into jobs
  • 83% of learners were unemployed when they joined the hubs
  • Over 6,094 learners are new to construction
  • 8,888 learners are from traditionally under-represented groups – including women, disabled people and ethnic minorities.

 

Find out more about some of the scheme’s most successful projects and some of the workers, trainers and employers who have benefited from this valuable scheme.

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“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

The future for CSF

Due to its overwhelming success, in 2020 the Department for Education (DfE) announced that the CSF would be extended for another year. An additional £7.5m has been allocated to the scheme. 

By September 2021, we’re aiming to have:

  • Trained another 6,000 employment and site-ready learners
  • Ensured over 3,000 more jobs have been sustained.

BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYERS

CSF hubs will:

  • Help you identify your skills gaps and develop labour plans for your sites
  • Find and recruit workers who want a career in construction
  • Provide invaluable onsite experience to trainees, making them ready for the workplace
  • Fund and provide bespoke training programmes to create workers who can meet your skills needs
  • Assist with workers’ transition into placements and employment with you.

How do I take part?

Are you looking to fill gaps in your workforce?

Contact your local hub to talk to a support officer who can advise on next steps and help you find qualified new workers

Hubs are located in the following areas:

London and South East

Project name

Lead Partner

Coverage

Contact Details for Hub

Barking Riverside

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD)

East London

Email: construction@lbbd.gov.uk

Battersea Power Station

Wandsworth Borough Council

London (Wandsworth and surrounding boroughs)

Email: john.llamas@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

Construction Skills Centre

Camden Borough Council

London (King's Cross, Camden, Euston)

Email: andrew.connor@camden.gov.uk

Southwark Construction Skills Centre

The Skills Centre

South London

Email: info@theskillscentre.co.uk

TFL (Earls Court, Brixton, Olympic Park)

TFL

London

Email: constructionskills@tfl.gov.uk

North of England

Project Name

Lead Partner

Coverage

Contact Details for Hub

Building Blocks

Sheffield City Council

Sheffield

Email johnwhittaker@lifelonglearningandskills.org

Construction Skills Village

Northern Regeneration

Scarborough, N.Yorks, Barnsley & S.Yorks

Email:info@skills-village.co.uk

Web: http://skills-village.co.uk/

Growth Company


Greater Manchester

Email: employment-info@growthco.uk

Web: https://www.growthco.uk/

Procure Plus

 

 

Manchester/Liverpool

 

Email: csf@procure-plus.com

Web: https://www.procure-plus.com/

South West

Project Name

Lead Partner

Coverage

Contact Details for Hub

CSF HCC

Hampshire County Council

South/South West England

Email: csf@hants.gov.uk

Essex

Project Name

Lead Partner

Coverage

Contact Details for Hub

Southend Borough Council CSF

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Essex

Web: www.sectatraining.co.uk

Midlands

Project Name

Lead Partner

Coverage

Contact Details for Hub

EKFB

Eiffage Kier

West Midlands / HS2 Central Corridor

Email: Michael.Sedgwick@ekfb.com

Web: https://www.ekfb.com/

Northampton CSF

Northampton City Council

Northampton/Wellingborough Prison

Email: constructionhub@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Marches Construction Project

 

Landau

 

Telford

Email: info@construction-ready.co.uk

Web: http://www.construction-ready.co.uk/