Cement is developing innovative ways to network a number of key partners in Milton Keynes, Acton, Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire. The project will bring together regional development agencies, the Learning Skills Council, the Construction Industry Training Board, local authorities, Business Links and other strategic organisations, in partnership with private sector employees, to examine the issues and to find ways of tackling skills shortages in the construction industry.
The project is designed to fill gaps in the construction sector whilst providing direct benefits to people from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is an innovative delivery model and addresses immediate and future skills needs in the construction sector. Training on the programme is delivered using new training structures, and is able to effectively address and tackle barriers to the recruitment of disadvantaged and excluded groups.
The partnership will improve individual basic skills and employment options, assist with resettlement, and tackle the issue of social inclusion. Project partners and private sector employees will examine workforce and employment issues within the construction industry to understand how these shortages can be met. New training structures have been developed in prisons and by training providers to help remove the barriers to the recruitment of disadvantaged groups.
- To improve basic skills.
- To create employment opportunities.
- To reduce re-offending.
- To form strategic alliances with prisons.
- To contribute to UK-wide construction development including 2012.
Offenders, ex-offenders, drug abusers, young people at risk, disadvantaged groups and mature workers.