The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is calling for employers to help identify the sector’s skills needs after the Department for Education (DfE) approved its plans to support employer-led apprenticeship development.
Proposals to assist employers in developing the construction industry’s new apprenticeship standards – which replace frameworks – were approved by the DfE. The standards are expected to be in place by July 2017.
CITB now aims to bring employers together to identify the skills the industry needs, and will provide resources and experience for companies to develop robust apprenticeship standards.
“This is fantastic news. We now have a chance to get the industry’s apprenticeship standards in place by next summer, so employers and providers will be able to access the higher funding rates offered by government sooner than expected and apprentices can begin on more robust training programmes delivered through standards in 2017,” said CITB policy director Steve Radley.
“While CITB will be coordinating the development of the industry’s apprenticeship standards, it’s crucial that employers of all sizes get involved to help shape the way the industry will train the future workforce.”
Taking a strategic approach to apprenticeship standards development will prevent proposals being duplicated or being too narrowly defined, according to the DfE, although employers are still free to submit proposals to develop standards outside of this process if required.
CITB has undertaken a review of existing frameworks and identified those that have little or no existing employer support.
It is now asking employers and federations who are keen to be part of the sector plan, either as part of a development team or as a reviewer of standards, to register their interest.