CITB works in partnership with a number of individual LEPs and their local employers and stakeholders, to develop a place based co-designed, co-invest and co-deliver construction employment and skills strategy.
The LEP strategy is evidence based on the demand for skills and the pipeline of supply of those skills within their area. A supporting programme/ project plan is then developed to support the strategy for that LEP area.
This strategy seeks to ensure that pipelines of appropriately qualified local people from a wide cross-section of backgrounds are available to meet the identified local skills and employment outcomes. It clearly defines how co-investment is achieved and potential mechanisms for co-delivery.
When we develop this strategy and ensure suitability for the local area, CITB primarily need engages with the LEP’s skills team, and as directed by the skills team, any LEP construction sub-groups. We also engage with other groups convened by the LEP and potentially groups/networks that CITB and others have in the area, as appropriate.
The strategy is supported and informed by the development of a comprehensive evidence base that provides information to support decision making and help ensure that the vision and objectives for the LEP and CITB are met.
This evidence base utilises the CITB labour forecasting tool and bespoke research services to understand the current factors impacting on the local construction employment and skills context and make suggestions for the future by:
CITB also engages other colleagues and contacts througout the process, from gathering the evidence base and developing the strategy to executing the plan(s). The respective LEP also feeds in evidence from other commissioned research pieces that further informs the overall construction employment and skills strategy and ongoing plans.
Following the development of the strategy, CITB works collaboratively with the LEP to develop a programme/project model that enables the LEP to review possible investment support to realise the construction employment and skills strategy.
Watch the video below to find out how CITB works with LEPs to support construction businesses in the local area.