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Onsite experience hubs - England

Between 2021 and mid-2024 we aim to increase England’s construction talent pool through Onsite Experience hubs, creating a talent pipeline to meet the needs of local construction employers and enabling construction career opportunities for people from local communities. 9 hubs have been approved for £6.5m of funding to enable over 5,100 people to become employment and site-ready, and at least 2,500 people to secure sustained employment within the next three years.

This commission targets Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas that have not benefited from the Government’s Construction Skills Fund.

What Onsite Experience hubs deliver for the construction industry 

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. These well-suited candidates can then be linked to employers’ vacancies, and because they have gained some initial experience on construction sites, often with the recruiting employer, and have the necessary introductory training and health & safety credentials, they can be productive immediately.

Contacting your local Onsite Experience hub 

Whether you are an employer seeking site-ready candidates to fill your vacancies, or an individual looking for a career in construction*, your local CITB Onsite Experience hub can provide you with support and advice.

*Please note, in order to be eligible for support through Onsite Experience Hubs you must be seeking construction employment within a hub’s catchment area. Please contact your local hub for more information.

The following Local Employment Partnership (LEP) areas in England have CITB Onsite Experience hub coverage. Please note, three additional hubs are being developed in other LEP areas and will be operational in 2022:

Hub name - Sherford Onsite Work Experience Programme

Location - Plymouth 

Hub lead organisation - City College Plymouth

Contact - Steve Ricketts 07812 732403 sricketts@cityplym.ac.uk

Website - https://sherford.org

Social Media - https://www.facebook.com/sherfordskillstrainingscheme

 

Hub name - Leicester Onsite Construction Hub

Location - Leicester

Hub lead organisation - Leicester City Council 

Contact - Richard Thorpe 07541 612726 Richard.thorpe@leicester.gov.uk

 

Hub name - Procure Plus Framework - Cheshire

Location - Cheshire 

Hub lead organisation - Procure Plus

Contact - Wiktor Morrell 07393 792497, 0303 030 0030, wiktor.morrell@procure-plus.com

Website - www.procure-plus.com

Social Media - www.linkedin.com/company/procure-plus-ltd

 

Hub name - Procure Plus Framework - Lancashire 

Location - Lancashire

Hub lead organisation - Procure Plus

Contact - Jo Pepper 07891 550763, 0303 030 0030, Jo.pepper@procure-plus.com

Website - www.procure-plus.com

Social Media - www.linkedin.com/company/procure-plus-ltd

Hub name - North Hertfordshire College

Location - Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Hub lead organisation - Stevenage Borough Council 

Contact - Bernadette Buggins 07701 392 505  Bernadette.Buggins@stevenage.gov.uk

 

Hub name - Constructing Lives Together 

Location - Weston Super Mare

Hub lead organisation - Willmott Dixon/ Weston College 

Contact - Laura Squibb 07970 925488 lauren.squibb@weston.ac.uk

Hub name: Building Heroes Academy

Location: Swindon and Wiltshire

Hub lead organisation: Building Heroes

Contact: Darren Welsh darrenw@buildingheroes.org.uk 07803 427913

Website: https://www.buildingheroes.org.uk/

Social media: Building Heroes – Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn