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What's happening in your area

There are currently no local employer events for this area. Details of forthcoming events will be published as soon as they become available.

CITB Employer Roadshows

Following increased concerns over the COVID-19 virus and for safety precautions, regrettably, we have decided to cancel the upcoming Employer Roadshows. We understand this will be disappointing news but the health and safety of our delegates is of the utmost importance.

Further details about an online alternative will be issued in due course.

Support to grow your business

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (CIoSLEP)

By 2030, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly will be the place where businesses thrive, and people enjoy an outstanding quality of life.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (CIoS LEP) aims to facilitate sustained growth through long term, joined up investment in our People, our Places and through our Businesses.

CIOS Growth and skills hub

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth and skills hub: two projects working hand-in-hand to help businesses thrive through access to support, skills and training, to realise their potential. They’ll introduce you to the right people for everything from finance and marketing, to training and inspiration.

They offer a free, no strings attached service to help businesses turn ideas and plans into actions through an impartial and independent business or skills review. The expert team will get to know your company and, more importantly, get to know you. Using their in-depth knowledge of the support or skills arena, they will then signpost you to the best next step. This support can assist with submitting a CITB Skills and Training Fund Application.

Help to train and retain staff

There are many recruitment agencies in the area, for example:

Oxford Innovation in Cornwall

Our team of highly experienced coaches is available to support businesses seeking to grow and thus drive forward economic success in Cornwall.

Oxford Innovation Cornwall clients receive tailored coaching dependent on individual business needs, by your own lead coach to empower you to access the right knowledge, resources and tools to transform your business, we can help you recruit and support you throughout the process.

CIoS LEP Investment fund

CIoS LEP invites businesses and organisations who are seeking funding for their project to register their details and they will contact you should funding become available through the CIoS LEP.

The Construction Industry has been allocated £448,981 to deliver activities delivered against 4 themes:

  • Sector coordination
  • Programme development and delivery models
  • New business models
  • Creation of placements 

Apprenticeship Development Fund - To give EMPLOYERS capacity through a £3,000 grant to engage in co-development and trialling of responsive apprenticeship programmes which meet local skills needs. This would be in addition to the CITB Apprenticeship grant support.

Innovation Fund

For New/ Emerging Local Skills Priorities to provide tailored activities to be commissioned that enhance labour market relevance of local provision and address gaps through the Building Cornwall scheme and CIOS LEP Construction Strategy Steering Group.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus offers a range of services for employers. You can advertise your vacancies, offer work experience or work trials, get support from local specialists and get involved in mentoring schemes to expand your business network.

When you register on gov.uk/advertise-job , you'll be able to post and manage jobs online 24/7, 365 days a year.

Employment schemes:

Your local provider could help you get the right person for the job.

  • Work Clubs , Share your expertise and provide unemployed people with a place to meet, exchange skills and experiences and get support to help them in their return to work.
  • The New Enterprise Allowance  provides Jobcentre Plus claimants with mentoring and financial support to help start their own business. You can contact the provider in your area if you want to become a mentor.
  • Sector-based work academies  provide sector-based training, work experience and a guaranteed job interview. They can help you fill your vacancies more effectively.

Work Trials:

A work trial is a way of trying out a potential employee before offering them a job. You can offer a work trial if the job is for 16 hours or more a week and is for a minimum of 13 weeks.

  • Benefits to employers include:
    • It's risk free and you can trial a potential employee before making a final decision
    • You know the jobseeker is committed because they are volunteering for the work trial
    • There are no wage costs and benefits continue to be paid to the jobseeker
    • There's very little paperwork.
  • The conditions for a work trial are:
    • The duration for the trial must be agreed in advance
    • Jobcentre Plus will check that the jobseeker meets eligibility conditions and is volunteering to take part.

To carry out a work trial you will need to agree a work trial with Jobcentre Plus before you offer it to a jobseeker.

Link to web site for further details - https://www.ourskillsforce.co.uk/be-inspired/initiatives/jobcentre-plus/ 

Training groups in your area

Cornwall Construction Training Group

Area coverage: Construction employers in Cornwall and surrounding area
Key contact: Paula Hutchens ()
Chair of the group: Paul Nicholls ()
Website: http://www.cornwalltraininggroup.co.uk 

Current training programmes available to employers:

  • mentoring programme
  • health and wellbeing programme of training
  • lean and environmentally responsible construction training

Current career promotion activities/projects:

  • range of information and networking events and schools’ careers partnership project

Devon Construction Training

Area coverage: Construction employers in Devon and surrounding area
Key contact: Marie Coyde ()
Chair of the group: Peter Lucas ()
Website: www.devonconstructiontraining.co.uk 

Current training programmes available to employers:

  • new starter/pre-apprenticeship training
  • continuing professional development (CPD) training.

Current career promotion activities/projects:

  • range of career initiatives - contact the group coordinator for full details.

South West Roofing Training Group

Area coverage: Roofing contractors in South West England and South Wales
Key contact: Nichola Smith ()
Chair of the group: Andy King ()
Website: www.swrtg.co.uk 

Current training programmes available to employers:

  • apprenticeships in pitched roofing, sheeting and cladding
  • NVQs
  • lead welding and bossing
  • mandatory health and safety courses
  • all site safety
  • UKATA asbestos

Current career promotion activities/projects:

  • training to support becoming a construction ambassador

Taste of Roofing for 16 to 18-year-olds

Contact your local CITB advisor

Karen Blacklaw
Tel: 07775 805033
Email:

Your local CITB apprenticeship officer

Catherine Jones is the Apprenticeships Officer for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

Catherine has been involved with construction through managing a small painting and decorating firm in Cornwall. She can advise and support all employers with their apprenticeship recruitment and can manage the specialist apprenticeships such as scaffolding or roofing and all the apprenticeships of Apprenticeship Levy paying companies.

Catherine liaises with colleges, the company, parents and apprentice, carrying out pre-employment H&S checks and apprentice progress reviews.

What's happening in your area

There are currently no local employer events for this area. Details of forthcoming events will be published as soon as they become available.

CITB Employer Roadshows

Following increased concerns over the COVID-19 virus and for safety precautions, regrettably, we have decided to cancel the upcoming Employer Roadshows. We understand this will be disappointing news but the health and safety of our delegates is of the utmost importance.

Further details about an online alternative will be issued in due course.

Support to grow your business

Dorset Gateway

The success of businesses is essential to both Dorset and the wider UK economy. Dorset LEP funds, supports and facilitates a number of initiatives to help local businesses grow.

Dorset Gateway is the central repository of information, advice and support for businesses within the county, offering a business support service and signposting to the most appropriate local or national commercial or public funded assistance available to help them grow.

Dorset Gateway provides an informed and bespoke service, free to any Dorset based businesses looking for help to source appropriate available solutions for growth and development

Contact details:

Help to train and retain staff

Dorset Gateway Business Advisors  will discuss your business requirements and provide immediate assistance or may where appropriate, research options in order to signpost you to the most relevant commercial or publicly funded support.

Services provided include:

  • diagnostics
  • A bespoke service
  • professional business account management
  • bid writing service

Find out how Dorset gateway can help your business 

Training groups in your area

Dorset Construction Training Forum is  a not for profit organisation with members from Dorset and South Wiltshire, all membership fees are put back into the group. It offers its members.

  • Quality training at discounted prices
  • Support of a dedicated Group Training Officer
  • Courses run at convenient locations at a date and time to suit attendees
  • Local meetings with access to local CITB Staff
  • The ability for issues to be raised nationally with CITB 

Visit the Dorset construction training forum website 

Contact your local CITB advisor

Darren Lawrence
Tel:
Email: 07909 681147 

Your local CITB apprenticeship officer

CITB Apprenticeship Officers are available to help with enquiries about recruiting and training apprentices.

Maria Norris and Glen Webb are the CITB Apprenticeships Officers for the Dorset area

Contact emails:

Jenny Arnold is the Apprenticeship Officer covering the Wiltshire area.

Contact email:

What's happening in your area

There are currently no local employer events for this area. Details of forthcoming events will be published as soon as they become available.

CITB Employer Roadshows

Following increased concerns over the COVID-19 virus and for safety precautions, regrettably, we have decided to cancel the upcoming Employer Roadshows. We understand this will be disappointing news but the health and safety of our delegates is of the utmost importance.

Further details about an online alternative will be issued in due course.

Support to grow your business

Gloucestershire Growth Hub

The Growth Hub is a fully funded business support programme to help growing Gloucestershire businesses.

From one-to-one advice and support, to a range of expert led events and access to online resources.

All local businesses can work and network in The Growth Hubs open space.

Contact the Growth Hub:

You can also arrange face-to-face meetings with the Growth Hub team at the local hub offices in:

You can also sign up to their newsletter for all the latest programmes, updates and workshops.

Help to train and retain staff

Check out CITB Skills and training fund and other grant options for courses to help train your workforce.

Training groups in your area

Gloucestershire Training Group

We have one Training Group in Gloucestershire covering a range of construction employers and their training needs. It provides a range of benefits:

  • support of the Group Training Officer and Group Development Officer
  • local courses, quite often at discounted prices
  • courses specifically run for members where there is a demand
  • breakfast seminars with topical subjects often driven by members requirements
  • portal to CITB locally held meetings keeping you involved and a chance to have your say
  • your voice at industry meetings

Find out more

Contact your local CITB advisor

Martin Bruton
Tel: 07824 351208
Email:

Your local CITB apprenticeship officer

Ian Barr is the CITB Apprenticeship Officer for Gloucestershire and will provide support and information relating to Apprenticeships.

  • Tel: 07771972603

What's happening in your area

There are currently no local employer events for this area. Details of forthcoming events will be published as soon as they become available.

CITB Employer Roadshows

Following increased concerns over the COVID-19 virus and for safety precautions, regrettably, we have decided to cancel the upcoming Employer Roadshows. We understand this will be disappointing news but the health and safety of our delegates is of the utmost importance.

Further details about an online alternative will be issued in due course.

Support to grow your business

Building Greater Exeter – Exeter City Council

Exeter City, East Devon and Teignbridge District Councils working in collaboration with industry to support local people into local jobs in the construction sector. The partnership supports the growth and development of our economy, delivering career and job opportunities

Visit Building Greater Exeter website 

Building Plymouth – Plymouth City Council

A National Skills academy for construction, Building Plymouth is a council-led partnership that connects local people with career opportunities in construction and the built environment in Plymouth

Visit Building Plymouth website 

Help to train and retain staff

Check out CITB Skills and training fund and other grant options for courses to help train your workforce.

Training groups in your area

Devon Training Group

Founded in 1980, we are a not-for-profit members' organisation comprising small- and medium-sized companies working in construction across Devon. We have links with various professional institutes, trade federations, colleges and other training providers, but our main focus is on the training needs of companies working in construction.

DCT welcomes new members. Please  contact our Training Officer, Marie Coyde:

Plymouth Training Group

The Plymouth Construction Training Group is committed to promoting training and development to the local construction industry. Our membership is open to all construction employers and associated industries who wish to participate in training.

Training projects sponsored by CITB

Plymouth Training Consortium

The project will train in-house NVQ Assessors to assess employees within their own organisation in five key trades. Fineline Carpentry will pilot this approach and seek to encourage other employers to join and repeat this approach. It will initially address these issues for the consortium members. The intention is to develop the model and extend its usage to Plymouth, Devon and South West.

See details of the project outputs on CITB's funded project pages

Sherford Skills Hub

The project will deliver a range of training and development interventions. The aim of this project is to deliver skills to construction firms working on Sherford Town which is being built outside Plymouth. This new town build is putting pressure on traditional house-building occupations in the area. It requires specific skills due to the specialist building techniques being used on the site. These specialist skills include: English Bond Bricklaying, Traditional roofing Styles, Sash Windows, Dry Lining and Sealant operatives.

See details of the project outputs on CITB's funded project pages

Contact your local CITB advisor

Angus Hamilton
Tel: 07876 790029
Email:

Your local CITB apprenticeship officer

CITB Apprenticeship Officers are available to help with enquiries about recruiting and training apprentices.

There are three apprenticeship officers covering the Devon area: Daryl Wills, Darren Murrish, and Sandy Lane

Contact emails:

What's happening in your area

There are currently no local employer events for this area. Details of forthcoming events will be published as soon as they become available.

CITB Employer Roadshows

Following increased concerns over the COVID-19 virus and for safety precautions, regrettably, we have decided to cancel the upcoming Employer Roadshows. We understand this will be disappointing news but the health and safety of our delegates is of the utmost importance.

Further details about an online alternative will be issued in due course.

Support to grow your business

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub is available to construction companies of all sizes. It is completely free at the point of access – for all businesses seeking advice and support on any issues relating to the operations and aspirations of their business.

See Heart of the South West hub website


The Swindon Growth Hub is a fully funded business support programme to help growing Swindon and Wiltshire businesses.

From one-to-one advice and support, to a range of expert led events and access to online resources.

All local businesses can work and network in The Growth Hubs open space.

Contact the Growth Hub:

You can also sign up to their newsletter for all the latest programmes, updates and workshops.                  

Help to train and retain staff

Skill Up West Somerset aims to bring a high quality, local and impartial service to businesses located in West Somerset to help Up Skill the workforce. This is a free service to support you with the challenges that businesses face with recruitment and skills gaps.

Visit Skill Up West Somerset website 

You can also check out CITB Skills and training fund and other grant options for courses to help train your workforce.

Training groups in your area

Somerset Construction Training Group facilitates a wide variety of training for its members in Somerset.

For companies located in North Somerset, Avon Construction Training Group may be closer for you.

For companies specialising in stonework, the Natural Stone Industry Training Group sources specialist training specific to this sector.

Training projects sponsored by CITB

Find out about the Construction Live project, led by Bridgwater & Taunton College, which is being funded by CITB.

Contact your local CITB advisors

Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire

Katie Smith
Tel: 07720 037256
Email:

Bath

Florence Hale
Tel: 07825 421068
Email:

Your local CITB apprenticeship officer

CITB Apprenticeship Officers are available to help with enquiries about recruiting and training apprentices.

Mandy Plece and Florence Hale are the apprenticeship officers covering the Somerset and North Somerset area.

Support to grow your business

West of England Growth Hub

The West of England Growth Hub supports businesses across the region to innovate, grow and thrive.  The Growth Hub offers support with: employment, finance, adoption of technology, skills, marketing, intellectual property (IP), exporting, and statutory regulations.

Financial support and services to help you recruit and train staff

Workforce For The Future

Workforce For The Future is a range of services offered via a number of local organisations, to help local SMEs in the area to identify your current and future skills needs, and to assist you with things like recruiting and training apprentices, engaging with local schools, and accessing training and resources to help develop your employees.

Request a call back today, for more information

Future Bright

Future Bright offers free career coaching, training and support, to help individuals develop their skills.  The service is free to those living in the West of England, aged 18 or over, in paid work (including self-employment or on a zero-hours contract), and receiving benefits or tax credits.

For more information email:

Training groups in your area

Avon Construction Training Group

Avon Construction Training Group is a not for profit organisation with members from Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset. Member benefits include:

  • support of the Group Training Officer & Group Development Officer
  • local courses (often at discounted prices)
  • courses specifically run for members, where there is a demand
  • breakfast seminars with topical subjects often driven by members requirements
  • portal to CITB locally held meetings keeping you involved and a chance to have your say
  • your voice at industry meetings.

The Training Group can be contacted at www.actgltd.co.uk

The Oak Frame Training Forum

The Oak Frame Training Forum is a specialist training group which has been formed by The Carpenters’ Fellowship. Its aim is to provide training for those employed within the timber framing industry.  The OFTF aims are:

  • to provide skills training in oak framing and its associated trades and activities
  • to provide routes to qualification for those employed within the industry
  • to provide assistance and support to members in regard to their training and H&S requirements
  • to organise building projects that will benefit communities and charitable causes
  • to organise events with lectures, workshops and seminars and to bring together those involved, directly or indirectly, with timber framing
  • to showcase this form of construction and bring the skills & professionalism found within this sector to the attention of the wider construction industry and the public.

OFTF HQ is based just outside Bristol, and this is where the majority of the training is held.  It also has access to buildings of historical importance in Bristol, and apprentices have the opportunity to work at 16 King Street, a timber-framed building which dates back to the 1660s.

The group can be contacted at http://oftf.org.uk 

Training projects funded by CITB

Constructing Lives Together – CITB-funded On Site Experience Hub

Onsite Experience hubs are designed to provide a one-stop recruitment solution for construction employers. By linking together employers, training providers, local authorities, LEPs, community agencies and other partners, hubs enable the development of employment and site-ready people from local communities.  The project leads are Willmott Dixon and Weston College and you can contact the project here.

Contact your local CITB advisors

Bristol

Chris Gingell

My name is Chris Gingell and I am the CITB Advisor for Bristol.

I have worked for CITB for over 15 years and am available to help and advise registered employers in the region to access grants, funding and other sources of support from CITB.

Gloucestershire

Martin Bruton
Tel: 07824 351208
Email:

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