Women, long-term unemployed and ex-military all being courted by new fund


The Construction Industry Training Board has unveiled a £5m fund to help under-represented groups into the construction industry.

Called Pathways into Construction, it is designed to get employers in front of groups who traditionally don’t enter construction.

This includes the long-term unemployed, women of all ages and full-time learners who study construction but struggle to join the industry.

CITB said it will consider applications from organisations that work with one or more of five groups.

These also include people who are not in education, training or work and people who left the military at least 12 months ago.

Stephen Cole, head of careers strategy at CITB, said: “The fund will widen employers’ pool of domestic talent, diversify the industry and increase opportunities for those on the margins of construction, improving social mobility.”

The CITB said the fund had been launched following “extensive research” into critical training and employment issues in the sector.

The Construction Leadership Council backed the announcement, with its skills lead, Mace boss Mark Reynolds, adding: “This new funding will have a huge impact.”

Speaking at a Construction Leadership Council event about the sector deal last week, Reynolds called on the industry to step up in order to improve its image and increase workforce diversity.