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
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
Nick James, Senior Partnerships Manager, CITB
Pathway to construction
Engagement support for SME's
Martyn Price MBE, Chairman, Cross Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force
11.00am Panel Discussion: Skills Development in UK Construction
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
Skillsets desired by employers
Skillsets provided to students
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
Kathryn Lennon Johnson, Director, Built Environment Skills in Schools
2.00pm Workshop: Employers Engaging with Education
3.00pm GDPR - Where to start?