Traverse appointed to deliver major evaluation in Onsite Construction Training

29 April 2020

Traverse appointed to deliver major evaluation in Onsite Construction Training

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has appointed Traverse, in partnership with Glasgow University, as the independent evaluators for the Onsite Experience Hubs commission.

The construction sector is faced by challenges to recruiting and retaining a sustainable, appropriately skilled workforce. To address these challenges the Onsite Experience Hubs Commission primarily seeks to address the following:

  •  Low transition into sustained construction jobs from those in relevant training/ education
  • Attracting trainees/ employees from under-represented groups (unemployed people, employed or unemployed career changers, women, ex-service personnel, BAME and other groups).

The commission recognises that there are structural differences along variables including: geography, trades and different under-represented groups.

The Onsite Experience Hubs commission will provide real, onsite experiences and training to enable employment and site readiness for individuals, crucially as defined by construction employers, and to progress a proportion of these people into sustained construction employment with local employers. Funding has been made available in England (£8.8M), Scotland (£5.4M) and Wales (£3.3M) over a period of approximately 3 years. The Onsite Experience commission will provide opportunities to new entrants to construction notably from identified, under-represented groups.

Working with our partners from the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Research and Development for Adult and Lifelong Learning (CRADALL), Traverse will deliver a formative and participatory mixed methods evaluation over three years and across up to 20 projects and 19,000 learners.

Rachel Iredale, CITB Partnerships Manager (Commissioning) said, “At CITB we believe that all evaluation should be informative, useful and beneficial. We invest funding into programmes, including the Onsite Experience commission, that make a real difference to the construction industry and it’s essential that we evaluate these programmes effectively, in order to gather evidence and best practice which drives improvements in performance, skills and training across the sector. Collaborative evaluation is the way forward and CITB are pleased to be working with experts at Traverse to achieve our evaluation objectives.”

Pete Welsh, Head of Evaluation at Traverse added, “I’m delighted that CITB has chosen to appoint Traverse again. With our partners at Glasgow University we bring a range of methods both established and innovative, that will ensure learning is captured to support CITB, construction employers, training organisations and, crucially, participants in the training.”

The evlaution work will run alongside the commission delivery until early 2024

For more information please contact Pete Welsh, Head of Evaluation, pete.welsh@traverse.ltd

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