"The largest gathering of employers, employees, students, universities, training providers and more, gather to discuss the latest opportunities across the capital"



The UK's Construction Industry is currently facing one of the biggest challenges that it has ever encountered, with the lack of skilled workers reaching unprecedented levels. It cannot simply be blamed upon the loss of a number of workers as a result of the 2007 financial crisis, or upon other external factors such as Brexit. Fundamentally the industry requires a significant rethink on how it can become an attractive option for younger generations looking to get into the world of work.

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has been given a fresh vote of confidence to help provide skills to the industry, with the CITB Levy continuing to exist alongside the apprenticeship levy. Government is certainly making moves to bring skills into the industry and ensure that one of the most important drivers of economic growth is not hindered by a shortage of skilled labour.



The London Build Skills Hub is putting this issue at the heart of the programme, to deliver a progressive agenda to encourage construction companies in London to push forward with innovative initiatives to bring new faces into the industry with top level construction training.

Here you’ll be able to meet with a range of universities, colleges, recruiters, construction contractors, students and associations, all of whom are looking for solutions to ensure that the construction industry continues to attract future generations, and keep delivering economic growth to the country.




10am All You Need to Know About GDPR


11am How to Build a Stronger Property and Construction Brand


12pm Contracts - Writing, Negotiating & Winning

  • Going back to basics - why was the company established?
  • Do you have strong values that form the basis of your activities - do all employees know what they are?
  • What's your mission? If you wish to accept it, do all your employees too?
  • What value are you adding above your competitors?
  • Don't take that tone with me: the importance of your brand's tone of voice
  • Can you hear me now?? Getting your message heard in the busy market place


Jennifer Evans, Director/Owner, Vivacity London


1pm Construction in Schools

  • How to get schoolchildren involved in construction

  • Plans for giving schoolchildren the opportunity to gain work experience on a construction site

  • Looking at apprenticeships in construction and ensuring schools are providing the correct information to their pupils


Jeremy Rabinovitch, Workplace Co-ordinator, Tolent Construction Ltd


2pm Marketing Tools - Developing a Winning Marketing Campaign


3pm PR & Brand Development for Success

Skills and apprenticeships
Skills and apprenticeships
Skills and apprenticeships


10.00am An Update from the CITB


Nick James, Senior Partnerships Manager, CITB 


10.30am Skills & Apprenticeship Development

  • Increasing engagement

  • Apprenticeship landscape

  • Pathway to construction

  • Supply chain

  • Engagement support for SME's


Martyn Price MBE, Chairman, Cross Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force

11.00am Panel Discussion: Skills Development in UK Construction 

  • Apprenticeship opportunities

  • Steps to bridge the skills gab


Tony Ellender, Emerging Talent Manager, Balfour Beatty

Phil Wade, Operations Director, First Base

Michelle Sawson, Skills Programme Director, Lendlease

Cllr Kim Caddy, Cabinet Member (Employment, Skills and Business Development), London Borough of Wandsworth

Scott Young, Head of Skills and Employment, Tideway

11.30am Increasing Employability

  • Employability Skills

  • Skillsets desired by employers

  • Skillsets provided to students

  • Methodology

  • Contextualisation - case studies


Christine Gausden, Programme Lead, University of Greenwich

12.00pm Panel Discussion: Construction Opportunities within Colleges

  • What are the job opportunities available in the industry?

  • Training and development


Lee Boresta, Head of Construction Dept, Barnet and Southgate College

Perry Paraskeva, Senior Business Consultant, Barking and Dagenham College

12.30pm Workshop: Adopting a Strong Apprentice Scheme

1.00pm Workshop: Improving Schools Outreach to Solve the Skills Gap

  • MOOC's Module


Kathryn Lennon Johnson, Director, Built Environment Skills in Schools

2.00pm Workshop: Employers Engaging with Education

3.00pm GDPR - Where to start?

  • Best practice and steps to follow