Just two years ago when the country was in the grip of the pandemic and it looked as if mass redundancies would hit construction, the government backed an intiative to protect jobs. It was called the Construction Talent Retention Scheme.
Of course, we know now that those fears were not realised because the sector managed to keep operating. Instead companies are faced with a different challenge as job vacancies have reached record numbers, and in response the Construction Talent Retention Scheme’s purpose has switched to helping employers recruit and retain the skills as feel the pressure of mounting recruitment costs.
And a year ago, the scheme expanded to launch Talentview Construction, an online platform for individuals looking for a first job, an apprenticeship or a traineeship.
Liz Male is communications lead for both schemes, and in this short video clip from a Social Value Live session earlier this month she talks about the benefits and why significant numbers of employers and employees have registered on these jobs boards.
She also shares details about an upcoming social media campaign that will be providing a platform for young people to become online influencers, spreading a positive message about construction as a career to their peers.
Watch the video above to hear the full details, and look out for more video clips in the series coming out soon.
Every Person Counts
Building’s Every Person Counts Campaign aims to provide a place where debates about skills, employment and workplace culture can play out and solutions can be shared.
We know the construction industry has no shortage of suggestions for tackling the skills crisis. From reforming apprenticeships, to offering more flexibility, to increasing diversity, to supporting wellbeing and mental health, to providing better pathways from education to the workplace. We will be picking up on all these themes in more depth in future articles.
If you have an employment initiative you want to tell us about, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Every Person Counts”. You can also contact us via Twitter @BuildingNews and LinkedIn @BuildingMagazine, please use the hashtag #everypersoncounts. We look forward to hearing your employment stories.