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Construction & The Built Environment

Workforce Development Partnerships Meeting

23rd November 2023

An enthusiastic group of employers, education & training providers, and strategic partners attended the first Construction and Built Environment Work Force Development Partnership (WDP) meeting last Thursday, November 23rd. Held at Donnington Valley Hotel, Newbury the session opened with an update on Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) activity by Simon Barrable, LSIP Engagement Officer. This focused on LSIP activity on workforce development and planning, including skills needs for the sector, and how we can cooperatively do more to meet these.

Next up was an informative presentation from Elizabeth Steel, Customer Engagement Manager for the Construction Industry Training Board (CiTB). She covered the national picture on skills needs and what the CiTB is doing to help meet these. Lawrence Wright, Helix New Business Manager and LSIP Construction Employer Champion then delivered a thought-provoking piece on what the sector needs to do differently to start attracting the very best talent.

There followed an energetic discussion on skills needs and what this new partnership can do to help meet these. This included informing and inspiring people about work in the sector, a role mapping exercise for the industry locally, and working on better matching education and training provision to local employer needs.

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