A major CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) report into migration and the construction industry has revealed that a third of firms employ migrant workers. Over a third of employers who employ staff from outside the UK say they do so because there are not enough skilled applicants from the UK, rather than for cheaper labour. A summary of the report is available, the full report is available for download, Migration and Construction: The view from employers, recruiters and non-UK workers
The RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is calling on UK construction firms to help tackle the skills shortage in the industry by helping some of their community’s most vulnerable people get back into work. Going on to say “We’re urging construction firms to provide routes into employment for young people who have experienced homelessness by offering more training-led programmes, adapting their working practices and getting involved with specialist “back-to work” schemes for those facing barriers.”
Britain’s schools are being targeted in a major new recruitment drive by the Chartered Institute of Building which aims to address the poor image construction still suffers among pupils in the 14-19 age group and their teachers. The just launched Think Construction toolkit from the CIOB has been developed in partnership with teachers and young people to help CIOB members structure careers advice sessions.
New training from the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is offering a suite of six courses for building services professionals. BCIA president Malcolm Anson said: “Building controls are key to improving energy efficiency. Investing in training will ensure individuals are equipped with the knowledge and skills to install effective control solutions to create energy efficient buildings.”
Finally the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has confirmed its proposed Levy rate for 2018 – 2020. The proposal is to cut the CITB levy rate from its present 0.5% to 0.35% PAYE, with the subcontractor NET CIS rate staying the same at 1.25%, following CITB’s biggest ever consultation with industry.