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New group to shape the future of construction apprenticeship begins


A new group to shape the future of construction apprenticeships met for the first time this week.

The Construction Apprenticeships Working Group is chaired by Steve Hearty, Director of Apprenticeships at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), and includes key industry figures from a range of large and SME contractors.

The group’s aim is to support the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), by using evidence to identify construction’s future apprenticeship needs, the barriers to them, and the development of construction apprenticeship standards.

It will also work with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Benita Notely, IfA Head of Standards, attended to underpin this new, joined-up approach.   

One of the group’s members, Tony Ellender, Emerging Talent Manager at Balfour Beatty, said following the meeting: “I am delighted to join this group. It is the perfect opportunity to accelerate the progress of construction apprenticeship standards across the industry.

“After a successful first meeting, I am extremely confident of a clear, consistent, approach to the development of apprenticeships throughout construction leading to more talented individuals joining our sector.”

During the meeting, the group discussed a number of topics, including:

  • Defining what occupations construction employers need from apprenticeships
  • Addressing key reasons for failure to complete apprenticeships and/or enter construction
  • Grow the proportion of women and Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) undertaking and completing apprenticeships
  • Ensure provision is available in the occupations and locations where it’s needed.

CITB’s Steve Hearty, said: “Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of the construction industry. It is vital that the right training is in place to produce the highly-skilled workforce required, and help encourage more talented people from all backgrounds into construction.

“Our first meeting was highly constructive and demonstrated the strategic approach that we will be taking to apprenticeship standards going forward. This talented and capable group is well equipped to deliver the outcomes industry needs.”

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