Construction training boost for Humber as major EU funding secured

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 1 May 2019

Millions of pounds of funding has been secured to boost construction skills in the Humber.

Training body Construction Skills People (CSP) said the EU funding would help tackle growing concerns of a skills shortage in the industry.

The regional funding is aimed at Humber-based companies which employ less than 250 staff, and provide access to training to help produce the next generation of talent.

Stuart Anderson, director at CSP, said: “There is growing concern about the skills shortage that exists across the construction industry, with many workers simply not qualified to work on projects, which is having a huge impact on the projects that contractors – especially smaller contractors – can pitch for.

“This funding has been released by the EU in a bid to tackle that issue, whilst also providing operatives with the opportunity to increase their skills and ensure they are well-equipped to work on a building site from a health and safety perspective.

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“The qualifications they will walk away with after they have completed the training will also mean that they are more efficient and more environmentally aware, which is of course good news for employers and anyone else working on the site.”

Workers successfully completing the training will achieve a Level Two NVQ qualification, as well as qualify for a Blue Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) or a Blue Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.

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The card must be obtained before a person is allowed to access more than 85 per cent of construction sites in the UK.

To be eligible for the funding, companies must employ less than 250 staff, and be within the Humber region.

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According to figures from the Construction Industry Training Board, construction output across Yorkshire and the Humber is expected to grow by 0.8 per cent from 2019-23.

This is however behind the 1.3 per cent predicted for national growth.

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Mr Anderson said: “The construction industry plays a pivotal role in the UK economy, but the reality is that many existing workers are nearing retirement, and we need to act quickly now to ensure that those young people who are starting out are given the training they need to ensure they can plug any gaps before it’s too late.

“There is no knowing whether there will be any further money available for such training given the situation with Brexit, so I would urge employers to take advantage of this raft of funding whilst they can.”

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The news comes as a boost to the region’s construction sector.

In February, apprentice services provider EN:Able Futures also announced it had been given the green light for an on-site construction skills hub in north Hull.

The joint, central government-funded project will see the birth of the Humber Construction Hub which aims to provide 767 training opportunities - and full-time employment for 291 people.

If you are a contractor based in Humberside and require more information on the CSP funding, contact Matt Herbert on 0800 130 3225.

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