In the face of long-term skills shortages, employers are being urged to sign up to Talentview Construction, a new Government-backed and CITB industry levy-funded scheme to help young people find their first jobs, apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience in construction and the built environment.
Due for launch later this month, Talentview Construction (TVC) is an early careers initiative supported by the Construction Leadership Council, Government, universities, colleges and industry groups. Entirely free to use, the scheme has also received support from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and the Association of Colleges (AOC). TVC launches to the public on Tuesday 21 September 2021.
With more than 600 relevant apprenticeship vacancies already listed and construction colleges around the country preparing to bring candidates on board, employers can register with TVC and use the scheme to promote their range of early careers opportunities.
Even without the growth of ‘green jobs’, it is estimated that the construction industry needs to recruit more than 217,000 new workers between now and 2025 to support its current activity, including the development of exciting new careers in digitalisation and sustainability[i].
Talentview Construction makes it easier for those searching for such a career in construction to join, taking advantage of an exciting array of opportunities, given the sector’s role at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery. Construction already employs about three million people, providing multiple career paths through the sector.
Mark Reynolds, Group CEO of Mace Group and the Construction Leadership Council’s lead on skills, says:
“More than ever, the industry needs a strong pipeline of talent. Talentview Construction is a window on the industry for all those wishing to enter construction as new entrants and career changers. We must make it easier for people to join our sector to support growth and to improve our levels of diversity – but to do so everyone needs to do more to recruit openly and make flexible opportunities accessible through schemes like this.
“This is exactly what so many businesses have been crying out for, helping them tackle skills shortages and gear up for future growth. Initiatives such as Talentview Construction – part of the Construction Talent Retention Scheme – have the potential to dramatically improve our industry, but we all need to get behind it if it is to be a success.”
Talentview Construction will enable candidates to browse opportunities by signing up to alerts for job and training opportunities, get advice on construction job roles and the best routes into the industry, and build their own online profile so employers can find them.
Employers can use it to showcase their business to talented new recruits on the TVC site, and upload all their early career vacancies, including traineeships, apprenticeships and graduate jobs. They can also search for suitable candidates and directly contact students and apprentices, as well as connecting more closely with schools, universities and construction colleges.
Talentview Construction is the newest offering from the Construction Talent Retention Scheme (CTRS) which was established by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Construction Leadership Council last summer.
Together with complementary sites like CITB’s Go Construct, TVC and CTRS help to create a ‘one stop shop’ sector talent hub for the attraction, development and retention of people and skills within construction and the built environment, as part of the Government’s broader support to business on skills.
The free-to-use site launches on 21 September, supported by a national media campaign to engage young people and other new entrants considering apprenticeships for next year, as well as graduate roles and other ways into the industry.
Employers can sign up at https://talentview.org/construction or contact Christian Warden on 07903 701503 for a demonstration of the new scheme.