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CITB and LEP funding to help 500 unemployed construction workers into jobs

The CITB and London Enterprise Panel have committed £2m to address the skills shortage in London by helping 500 unemployed construction workers into jobs.

The new programme will provide training, work placements and support for unemployed construction workers, to meet the needs of the growing industry in London.

Almost 1,300 additional skilled construction workers will be required in Greater London each year through to 2019 to fulfil the industry’s order book, CITB research has found.

Overall, 6,450 new construction workers will be needed in the capital over the next five years.

The funding will be allocated to five main areas, including supporting 500 unemployed construction workers to return to work, developing a shared work placement scheme for 100 unemployed people, education or training, and helping 700 people from small construction businesses to develop specialist skills.

It will also provide support to London boroughs interested in working with the CITB’s National Skills Academy and Client Based Approach schemes, and consider the development of cooperatives between small construction businesses.

The scheme forms part of a wider Joint Investment CITB programme, which will provide match funding for nine English core cities to promote and develop local construction skills. 

It aims to improve employers’ capabilities and capacity to respond to new business opportunities, while also improving productivity and working practices across London’s construction businesses.

CITB sector strategy manager for Greater London Janette Welton-Pai said: “It’s an ambitious and unique programme, but most importantly it implements a new approach to addressing skills and training needs.

“We have been using intelligence from both organisations to help identify the region’s specific requirements and map local priority needs.

“One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to skills. It’s particularly important in the current climate to ensure any training or up-skilling is relevant and purposeful.”

Mayor of London and chair of the London Enterprise Panel Boris Johnson said: “Cranes can be seen on every corner of the capital’s skyline. The construction industry needs thousands of new workers every year to keep pace with demand.

“It is a fantastic time to start work in that sector. We intend that this scheme will help provide Londoners with all the necessary skills to do so.”

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