The new construction sector research is currently being reviewed to ascertain the needs of Essex. Crucial to successful outcomes for Greater Essex is the need to establish collaborative partnerships and working groups. We will seek to develop thematical groups (committees), as a platform for the sector working together with partners and providers, to understand and address key concerns and barriers that the sector faces. These concerns and actions will be championed at LEP level, providing a voice for industry and skills, influencing funding and direction.
The proposed themes are expected to mirror the future direction of the Board and meet the recommendations as outlined in the new Draft Construction Skills Report for the region. The draft report will be discussed and reviewed at the consuction sector event on the Monday 11th March 2019. The event will be attended by a number of cosntruction related businesses in Essex.
Essex Employers include: Anderson Group, Cadman Group, Countryside Properties, EJ Taylor & Sons, Higgins Construction, Hutton Construction Ltd., Kier Group Plc, Keepmoat, Ringway Jacobs.
Find out more in our construction sector skills profile.
The sector has a number of skills challenges which include:
- Not enough people want to pursue careers in the sector
- Not enough people are training
- Employers not investing in skills and see apprenticeships as a risk
- Training providers have huge challenges in attracting tutors and assessors
- Training provision is not always delivering what industry needs
- An aging workforce
What is it doing?
The sector action group has worked closely with industry, local training providers and the CITB to develop a skills strategy and action plan for Essex which focusses on increasing the workforce, increasing apprenticeships and increasing the number of people training.
In order to do this a range of activities have been identified. These include:
- Working with schools to inspire young people to take up apprenticeships or pursue careers in the sector through activities such as masterclasses, work experience and industry taster days - delivered via the ESB's Education and Industry STEM programme
- Distributing careers information - via the ESB's 'What's Your Thing' resources plus developing a construction booklet for schools to use with their students, providing a flavour of roles in the sector.
- Working with partners to deliver Construction Pop-up Shops supporting career changers and those furthest away from employment.
- Funding and supporting construction training for the ex-military and ex-offenders.
- Working with the FE sector, industry and partners to address the shortage and quality of construction tutors.
- An ongoing marketing campaign for young people, adults and influencers (careers professionals and parents) to dispel myths and promote the diverse nature of the sector. This campaign includes posters and targeted social media campaigns.
- Influencing or supporting curriculum/provision across Greater Essex including:
- promoting delivery of Design Engineer Construct (DEC!) qualifications in schools.
- investing and supporting FE and HE provision. This enables dedicated construction centres, courses in new skills such as modern methods of construction and pathways to support professional pathways.
In order to make a difference and deliver the activities outlined below we need employer engagement and involvement. We need employers to help us tackle the skills challenges in Essex. Can you help?