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Construction Skills

What Is It?

Working with the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) we continue to invest in the local skills pipeline and training provision; addressing shortages, future needs and enabling greater quality homes and accelerated delivery by developing a highly skilled workforce.

What Are We Doing?

  • Skills evidence base, report and labour forecasting
  • Expanding outreach and employer engagement
  • Comprehensive secondary school outreach programme
  • Construction sector awareness marketing and information campaign to breakdown misconceptions and promote breadth of opportunity
  • Influencing curriculum and educational provision including:
    • Supporting the development and provision of Town Planning Degree Apprenticeships
    • Promoting and supporting Design, Engineer and Construct qualifications in schools
    • Investing in future skills provision to support green energy, high quality house deign and modern methods of construction.
  • Supporting the bidding for external funding to support the sector including:
    • European Funds for an ‘innovation hub’ located in Essex, supporting the SELEP
    • Construction Skills Fund, for on-site training hubs
  • Supporting and enabling adult entrants by providing pop-up shops to inform those not in education, employment or training and career changers; investing in VR to upskill offenders; enabling Building Heroes to support ex-military servicepersons.
  • Working with our FE sector to address tutor shortages
  • Acting as gateway for the National Kickstart* scheme and a broker for the Apprenticeship Levy**.

*Kickstart is a national scheme to support businesses help access training focusing on getting young people into employment with a 6 month fully funded work placement. Essex CC is acting as a gateway where employers can come to them to access the support.  Any employers interested in the scheme should contact the County at: kickstartessex@essex.gov.uk

**For the apprenticeship levy, Essex CC are working with a number of employers who are looking to receive or gift / share some of their levy, making it simpler for employers. For further information please go to the Levy transfer site: http://www.essexalts.co.uk.

Key Links For Further Information

One stop portal for careers, training, job opportunities for individuals, employees and employers – Essex Opportunities – Essex & Southend

Levy Transfer & Kickstart Schemes ECC briefing, 13 Oct 2020

Essex Construction Growth Commission (Mace) Report

The Essex Careers Guide: awaiting new link 

Construction Skills: Presentation 15 May 2018

Current Sub Groups:

  • Construction Skills
    Ben Parker, Essex County Council
  • Head of Housing Growth
    Lee Heley, Essex County Council
  • Apprenticeship Levy Lead
    Annette Hall, Essex County Council
  • Kickstart Lead
    Hannah Kopel, Essex County Council
  • Skills Strategy and Growth Team
    Caroline Betts, Essex County Council
02 Further Information

13/07/18

Construction Skills – Challenges and Actions

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