Construction Industry Training Board: Pre-employment Research

  • Client

    Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

  • Sectors

    Infrastructure, Central Government

  • Services

    Research, Evaluation

Introduction

The CITB supports the skills needs of the UK construction sector.  As well as supporting training and development for individual companies, it takes a strategic overview of the construction industry as a whole.  One of the identified issues is how to attract and encourage a wide range of individuals to consider and enter the construction industry.  It was considered there was a lack of evidence and understanding of which pre-employment construction industry initiatives are most effective, who they attract, and what impact they have on individuals, employers, and the industry as a whole.  Traverse were commissioned to carry out research to:

•   Explore the range of existing pre-employment initiatives, in the construction industry and analogous industries such as engineering.

•   Understand what challenges the initiatives were designed to address.

•   Understand how they are implemented e.g. focusing on work experience; knowledge training; or other approaches.

•   Understand what impact these initiatives have on individuals, employers, and, if possible, society in general.

•   Identify success factors and barriers to success.

Methodology

Traverse initially carried out desk research to identify pre-employment initiatives already in place in the construction industry and analogous sectors.  Once these were identified we reviewed them according to elements such as: location, sector, employer, category, target group and so on.  This allowed us to identify a short list of initiatives for field work.  We carried out 50 interviews with:

•   Employers

•   Training Providers

•   Participants / trainees

•   Federations / employer representative bodies

We used these to develop 6 in-depth case studies, drawn from initiatives where we conducted interviews with a representative from both an employer and a training provider.

Impact

The research found that:

•   There is a variety of pre-employment initiatives run by training providers and employers. They are categorised as follows: Information, Advice & Guidance • Engagement • Skills training • Work experience

•   Barriers to the effectiveness of these initiatives include: a lack of promotion of construction in schools; caring responsibilities being a systemic barrier to women entering the industry; logistical issues for some, such as not being able to afford transport

•   A poor public perception of construction was the most significant challenge that the sector is facing.  

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