Bovis Lend Lease UK announced on Friday it was establishing a not-for-profit company to tackle the growing skills shortage in UK construction.
Named Be Onsite
, the organisation aims to offer on-site industry specific training and employment. It will work with the supply chain to map the exact skills that are needed and then identify how these skills will be provided through specialist accredited training providers.Bovis claims this will give companies a direct opportunity to shape learning provision. Be Onsite will pay particular attention to the skills gaps where no specific training currently exists. Bovis Lend Lease head of Community Development and Be Onsite managing director Val Lowman said: 'Small firms with fewer than 14 workers represent 94% of the construction industry and employ 39% of all workers. These firms need all the help they can get. We aim for Be Onsite to eventually grow so that it can offer trainees to the construction industry across the country. This is a long-term solution to the issues of skills shortages and inner city unemployment.'ConstructionSkills estimates over 85,000 new entrants per year are needed within the UK construction industry* and many of these entrants will need new skills with an increasing focus on new prefabricated building techniques, smart buildings, sustainable development and environmental technologies.Bovis Lend Lease UK chief executive Murray Coleman said: 'The idea of Be Onsite is modelled on the job shops which we have been operating on most of our major construction sites over the past 12 years. This linkage of local people to construction training and jobs has resulted in almost 10,000 people finding construction employment, and a further 11,000 people going into retail jobs.'Be Onsite will begin its first pilot scheme later this year.