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Construction Skills Pledge on Yorkshire Coast

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11:20am 13th September 2017

Public and private sector organisations on the Yorkshire coast have joined together to launch a pledge to transform the supply of much needed, highly skilled local labour to meet the ever growing demands of the area’s construction and housing industries.

The Construction and Housing Employment and Skills Pledge (CHESP) was launched today (Wednesday 13 September) at Scarborough Construction Skills Village with the aim of working to overcome the major skills shortages and gaps in skills provision within the construction industry that regularly hits the headlines on a local, regional and national level. The launch event attracted interest from the Cabinet Office and the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) with representatives from both offices attending to find out about the proactive approach being taken in the area.

Those backing the pledge want to work together to ensure a skilled local workforce is available to build the anticipated 9000 new homes that will be required in the Borough of Scarborough by 2032 and help address some of the issues identified in the recent Government Housing White Paper: ‘Fixing our broken housing market’.

Work has already started with the establishment of the Construction Skills Village by Northern Regeneration CIC in collaboration with industry and education partners, which gives people the opportunity to learn and develop the specific skills required for the construction and housing industries by working on a real life construction site under the guidance of expert mentors. In its relatively short existence, the initiative has already produced some real success stories. Since going live in August 2015, more than 1,000 days of work experience have been delivered from which 29 jobs have been created, including nine apprenticeships.

CHESP aims to take the work of the Construction Skills Village to another level by drawing experience from and by working in partnership with construction developers, employers, housing associations and small businesses to develop a sustainable construction employment and skills system that ensures young people leaving education are ready to succeed in the construction industry and that adults have access to the skills and support they need from entering the labour market through to developing a highly skilled workforce, which is flexible, resilient and adaptable.

Partners that have signed up to CHESP want the Construction Skills Village to become a ‘one stop shop’ for construction and housing employers, learners, parents, adults and referral agents wishing to understand how to access the industry and recruit locally.

They have pledged to work together to:

Ensure CHESP is embedded into all future planning applications

  • Work closely with employers of all sizes and gain a better understanding of the skills required today and in the future
  • Develop a local workforce with recognised skills which will enable them to build the homes needed to the required timescales
  • Help address a major construction skills shortage across the Borough of Scarborough by providing real apprenticeships and employment opportunities for local people on every major construction and housing development
  • Raise the profile of the industry in schools and with key agencies and parents to help identify and support individuals of all ages and abilities to consider construction as a career choice
  • To deliver demand led training locally with the purpose of upskilling and training individuals to support business and industry needs
  • Encourage construction developers who do not directly recruit local labour to commit to increase opportunities for local supply chains and individuals on every scheme

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the work of the Construction Skills Village or wants to get involved with the CHESP pledge should contact Graham at Northern Regeneration CIC by emailing graham@northernregeneration.co.uk

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