The Construction Industry Training Board’s latest round of funding boosted a total of 15 industry-led projects (CITB).
The successful bids in the Flexible and Structured funding scheme include training to jump-start the careers of under-represented groups, a programme to use drones to reduce health and safety risks in roofing, and middle management upskilling to boost infrastructure development.
The 15 successful bids represent a total investment of just under £5 million from CITB, and this is the second funding announcement since the reformed project funding process was launched last autumn.
In addition to the first window, CITB has committed to funding 36 projects totaling more than £12 million.
“I am excited to announce the latest round of industry-led projects that will receive CITB support,” says Geeta Nathan, CITB’s head of economic analysis. These exceptional applicants have the potential to transform the industry and improve the lives of many people, and we are delighted to be able to support them with industry investment.
“It’s inspiring to consider the impact these projects could have not only in the near future, but also in the years ahead.”
The projects will take place in a variety of locations across the United Kingdom. Four will be led by federations, while the remaining nine will be led by employers.
Lacy Roofing, based in Liverpool, will receive £15,000 over a 12-month period to train five employees to fly drones to Civil Aviation Authority standards. Robots for Roofing is the first project of its kind to receive CITB funding, and it has the potential to significantly reduce risks to workers’ health and safety on the job site.
Roofers will be trained to use drones to conduct surveys and locate faults rather than climbing onto the roof itself. If the pilot project is successful, it could be implemented throughout the industry.
The goal is to eliminate the need for employees to work at great heights while performing fault finding and roof surveys. Working at heights is a high-risk area, and we strive to reduce the number of employees who work at heights, thereby reducing the risk apportioned to them.
A little less than £500,000 has been committed to a project led by Mitie Property Services to train and support 60 adults with high-functioning autism or other disabilities who want to work in construction.
The funds will be used to expand an existing project that created a customised training and work experience programme for a young autistic man who contacted Mitie in search of his first job in the industry. Mitie will deliver the programme in collaboration with the National Autistic Society, Remploy, Geason Training, and three other CITB-registered construction companies – ASC Scaffolding, Graham Roofing, and RL Scaffolding.
Kier’s bid for just under £210,000 over 18 months to promote the construction sector to career changers and under-represented groups has also been approved by CITB. The project is a collaborative partnership between Kier, Midas Construction, and ISG, as well as their supply chains, in response to the South West’s construction employment challenges, which include existing skill shortages and significant projects planned or underway.
South Devon College, Plymouth Construction Employers Group, and South West Women in Construction will all contribute to the project’s success.
CECA will be awarded £1.1 million over three years for a new Infrastructure Development Programme. The funds will be used to create a framework that will cover the specialised knowledge and competencies needed by middle managers in the UK infrastructure sector.
Once developed, the framework can be consistently rolled out across the UK for all future training. Over the course of the three-year funding period, it is expected that at least 7,000 people will be trained under the new framework.