We work with Local Authorities across the South East who are part of the national drive to engage young people in employment and training.
Using the CBA (Client Based Approach developed by CITB) some Local Authorities are setting apprenticeship and training targets on construction projects in the locality with ‘Employment & Skills Plans’ (ESPs). These plans are helping developers and contractors to take a broader, more holistic view of the skills needed to close the gaps in the industry left by an aging workforce as they exit the sector.
ESPs are increasingly becoming a familiar aspect of Section 106 planning conditions; and also with public sector frameworks such as Southern Construction Framework and others.
The Southern Construction Framework has already committed framework members to take apprentices through the Shared Apprentice Scheme as a condition of participation in local developments.
Skills Plans require lead contractors, and in most cases the supply chain, to engage local people in employment and training on developments; and in particular young apprentices, playing a vital role in addressing these skills gaps and helping to bring new talent into the sector, encouraging greater social and economic value. Click here to read more about the Social Value Act
Current clients: Reading Borough Council, Surrey County Council, Southampton City Council, Wokingham Borough Council
In January 2013, the Social Value Act came into force. This ground-breaking new law has the potential to transform the way public services are commissioned, requiring public bodies to consider choosing providers based on economic, environmental and the social value created and not on cost alone. Click here to read a recent progress report.