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  1. Craft and Skilled Trades The Private Sector’s Contribution SLIM Workshop 30th May 2002 Taunton

  2. Steve Russell Technical Services Director • Health and Safety • Policy • Advice • Procedures • Audit • Integrated Management System • ISO 9001 Accreditation • Investors in People • Audit • Review • Training and Development • Personal Development ~ e.g. leadership skills • Technical ~ e.g. safe systems of work • Internal seminars and workshops • Supply chain

  3. Midas Group • Founded in 1976 • Largest Privately owned Construction Group in the South West • Operational Offices in Bristol, Cardiff, Taunton, Newton Abbot, Plymouth and St Austell • Turnover 2001 / 2002 Circa £120,000,000 • Currently employ 387, mainly in managerial and technical staff positions • Working nationally for a number of clients

  4. Midas Retail • Midas Environmental • Midas Leisure Midas Group General Construction - Design and Build - Construction Management - Fitting – out - Retail new build and refurbishment – Sports facilities - Marine and civil engineering - Environmental impact assessment - Feasibility studies -Restoration Planning - Site Remediation and Planning. Fast Track Fitting out - High Quality –Refurbishments - Planned & Reactive – Maintenance - Minor Works - Facilities Management - Structural Repair – Underpinning. • Midas Restoration • Midas Interiors Development and Property Advice - Site Finding – Funding - Special Terms Business

  5. Skills Shortages in Construction The statistics: • Spring 2000 ~ 85% employers find difficulty in recruiting skilled staff • January 2001 ~ 60% of employers expected increase in activity during next six months • Selection of the average annual requirement for skilled workers in the period 2001 – 2005: • Managers 640 (S.West) 7290 (National) • Clerical 560 6420 • Professional 180 2050 • Carpenters 1220 10770 • Bricklayers 720 6060 • Plumbers 640 5780 • Electricians 780 7080 • Painters/Decorators 530 4450 • Total – all trades 7980 74240 Figures from CITB

  6. Skills Shortages in Construction Of the 74,000 required…….. • 64,000 are required each year for replacement of the existing workforce….. • ……whilst the balance of 10,000 is required to satisfy the increase in construction output • What an opportunity for young people to engage in a really rewarding career – so why don’t they? Where are we going wrong?

  7. Skills Shortages in Construction Why? Image…..our industry is perceived as • Unsafe • Untrained • Incompetent • Untidy

  8. Skills Shortages in Construction Skills Shortages in Construction Why? Higher education……. • More fashionable than on the job training • More places available (particularly 6th form) • Government drive to get more people to university • Desire to start career in ‘middle management’

  9. Skills Shortages in Construction Improving our Image • Qualifying the existing workforce • Approx 60% have no formal qualification • Partnering with the supply chain • Train our subcontractors • Working with others • CITB • Schools, Colleges and Universities • Raising the profile of construction • National Construction Week

  10. Skills Shortages in Construction Improving our Image In response to the Industry’s very poor accident record in 2000/2001 and the Construction Safety Summit called by John Prescott in February 2001 • ‘Qualifying the workforce’ ~ An MCG initiative • To establish an acceptable standard of Health and Safety • knowledge that can be set and measured. • All workers to demonstrate a satisfactory level of • basic knowledge and competency • To complement attained skill levels

  11. Skills Shortages in Construction Qualifying the workforce ~ An MCG initiative Reduce Accidents Fully Trained Workforce Improve Image

  12. = Skills Shortages in Construction Improving our Image In the South West 4 major Contractors are working together to achieve the MCG targets Partners In Constructing a Safer Environment

  13. Skills Shortages in Construction Improving our Image UK Construction is a Professional Industry with a great deal to offerandWith a combined effort we must improve - and remove the stigma.

  14. Skills Shortages in Construction Improving our Image HOW ? By Training ?

  15. Skills Shortages in Construction Improving our Image The Building And Civil Engineering OccupationsWill Use The Established: Construction Skills Certification Scheme and Certificate of Training Achievement

  16. Skills Shortages in Construction Improving our Image Allied Trades will either adopt the C.S.C.S Scheme or use their approved Trade equivalent GAS FITTERS: C.O.R.G.I PLANT OPERATORS: C.T.A ELECTOTECH J.I.B ELECT/MECH J.I.B.M.E.S SCAFFOLDER C.I.S.R.S …………………….And other schemes

  17. Skills Shortages in Construction Improving our Image Introduction to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme

  18. cscs CONSTRUCTION SITE OPERATIVES GREEN CARD NVQ Level 1 Health and Safety Test Alternatively: Industry accreditation

  19. cscs SUPERVISOR AND MANAGER CARDS Supervisor Manager Contracts Manager Industry accreditation until June 2004 Two endorsements from Company plus Health and Safety Test

  20. EXPIERIENCED WORKERSNVQ RouteExperienced Worker Route Health and Safety Test cscs

  21. A Card available to all competent workers cscs By Industry Accreditation or On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT)


  23. cscs Health & Safety Test Must be taken and passed

  24. MCG Targets


  26. What Will Happen If Individuals Do Not Have Cards By December 2003 ? They will not be permitted to work on an MCG Site

  27. Skills Shortages in Construction Improving our Image To Date PICSE has: • Linked with the HSE and CITB in • Presenting seminars in: • Bristol • Exeter • Redruth • Yeovilton • To a total of approx 300 subcontractors • With a very positive response

  28. Skills Shortages in Construction Other initiatives: • Partnering with the supply chain • Training workshops for our suppliers • Branding • Livery • Assess and Monitor • Considerate Constructors Scheme • CBPP, Rethinking Construction, M4I

  29. Skills Shortages in Construction Working with others • CITB • Area Advisory Committee • DEBP Curriculum Centre Steering Group • Schools PEPI Programme and Key Skills • Teacher Placements / Workshops / Training Days • Practical construction related activities for schools • Young Presenter scheme • Schools and Colleges • School/Business Link projects • Work experience placements (In all sorts of areas – not just craft trades!) • South West RDA • Seeking Objective 1 ‘gap' funding for 100-150 trainees in Cornwall

  30. Skills Shortages in Construction Raising the Profile National Construction Week • NCW 2001 • 419 Events held • 6 million watched the Blue Peter special • NCW 2002 • 3rd – 10th October • CITB NCW Steering Group established • Events being planned by industry, educational establishments, professional bodies etc

  31. Skills Shortages in Construction Raising the Profile National Construction Week • Why? • To encourage young people to consider a career in construction – professional and technical as well as trade • And it provides: • A focus to publicise existing initiatives • A catalyst for new and innovative ideas • A positive image to young people • An opportunity for positive press • For events promoting positive images linked to local communities

  32. Skills Shortages in Construction Raising the Profile National Construction Week • Benefits • Draws attention to larger company community initiatives • Raises smaller companies profiles and their contribution to the local economy • Colleges and Universities can use NCW to attract students • Federations and other bodies can use NCW to demonstrate commitment to closing the skills gap

  33. Skills Shortages in Construction Raising the Profile National Construction Week So what will you do to support NCW 2002? (3rd – 10th October) More information at

  34. Skills Shortages in Construction A wide range of opportunities exist in construction ~ not just in the familiar trades but for technical and professional trainees also ~ and there are shortages in all areas

  35. Professional and Technical Opportunities in Construction Project Management Estimating Site Engineering Quantity Surveying / Commercial Management Facilities and Maintenance Management Planning Environmental Management Health and Safety Technical Services

  36. Professional and Technical Opportunities in Construction Support Services Business Development (Marketing) Financial Management Purchasing HR (Personnel, Training, Staff Development) Information and Communication Technology Public Relations General Administration

  37. Skills Shortages in Construction What can you do? • Support and promote NCW 2002 • Promote construction as a rewarding career – at all levels • Encourage women to join our industry at every opportunity • Encourage local companies to participate in curriculum activities and provide support for them • Work with schools in piloting some construction related NVQ’s

  38. Skills Shortages in Construction What can you do? • Encourage people to look beyond what the media portrays – the construction industry is responsible for nearly 8% of UK output – it deserves better! • Establish greater links with local SME’s and Subcontractors to encourage more places for apprentices • Provide effective OSAT assessors to work with the CITB in ‘qualifying the workforce’ • Ensure all trainees are registered with CSCS

  39. Skills Shortages in Construction Finally…… For our part we intend to engage with our supply chain, invest in our people and continue to train, because……… ……..our most valuable asset is our people, without whom we have no construction industry