Expired BACH one-day conference – Staffing and Resources

  • Members only Conference
     09:30 - 15:40
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BACH Conference 19 May 2022

Central Hall, Coventry

Funding the Training for Construction’s SMART Green Future

Aim of the Conference

SMART Digital methods and technology as well as green skills with also the move to a larger proportion of construction projects being delivered by off-site manufacturing techniques is driving a fundamental change in the skills needed in the industry.

To support this BACH’s members will need investment in resources and equipment so they are able to support the training needs of the sector. Crucially they will also need to be able to recruit tutors and assessors with the updated knowledge and skill to train our learners at competitive pay rates.

BACH’s survey report published in February this year clearly found that overall, there is insufficient investment funding available to FE Colleges to achieve the industry’s needs. There is also a shortage of tutors and assessors and a major gap between when Colleges are able to pay and competitive rates in the sector.

The survey report stated that a wide range of urgently needed changes must happen for BACH members to tackle the challenges and be able to support the industry so that employers get the people with the skills it needs, including:

  • Funding rates to be set to adequate levels to fully cover the additional costs for resources, materials and staffing;
  • Capital investment is increased so that all areas of the country have proper access to adequate funds;
  • CITB levy is leveraged wherever practical to address the challenges and provide support to the training providers and the employers; and
  • Employers and the Colleges work together at the local level to share resources such as seconding or guesting people from industry to contribute to teaching, particularly in the new digital, off-site and green skills part of the curriculum.

This Conference will bring together BACH members with key employers from the Construction Leadership Council’s People & Skills Group, together with representatives from CITB, to discuss these challenges and agree on what practical action is needed to address them.


09:30-10:00 Registration


10:00-10:05 Welcome and Introduction Lee Mills, BACH Chair
10:05-10:15 Background to the Challenges

Workforce trends and results from the BACH Survey

Graham Hasting-Evans, BACH President
10:15-10:40 Industry’s Requirements

Outlining the industry’s changing methods of work and the implications for skills in the future

Mark Reynolds, CEO Mace Group and Chair of CLC People & Skills Group
10:40-11:00 CITB’s Plan

CITB’s plans to support the industry and make Levy grants availabl

Tim Balcon, CEO CITB
11:10-11:30 Break  
11:30-12:30 Workshop 1: Investment in Resources and Equipment

Working groups of members with a CITB or CLC representative

Facilitation by an NEC member


Groups are asked to select a spokesperson to feedback on:

·         Identify precisely what are the types of equipment, materials and resources they need and what typically this might cost.

·         Identify where investment must come from and what are the blockages to obtaining adequate levels of investment.

·         Identify solutions to the gaps in investment funding.

12:30-13:00 Feedback and discussion Graham Hasting-Evans, BACH President
13:00-13:30 Lunch  
13:30-14:30 Workshop 2: Staffing Shortages
  Working groups of members with a CITB or CLC representative

Facilitation by an NEC member

Groups are asked to select a spokesperson to feedback on:

·         Identify what gaps they have in staff skills, including knowledge of SMART methods, green skills etc.

·         Identify all the current approaches being used by Colleges to fill skill gaps.

·         Identify a wide range of flexible models to close the skills gaps.

·         Identify solutions to fill the staff shortages.



Feedback and discussion David Wilkins, Bedford College
15:00-15:40 Close Lee Mills, BACH Chair


Venue Website:

Warwick Lane, Coventry, CV1 2HA, United Kingdom


We are using the Lower Hall, which has natural daylight.  It is large enough for 100 delegates around large tables for the workshops.

Coventry Central Hall is situated at the heart of Coventry.
Warwick Lane, Coventry, CV1 2HA

It is an easy walk from anywhere in the City Centre and just a short stroll from Coventry train station.

Car parks are within 3 minutes away, including The Barracks multi-storey and New Union Street multi-storey car parks.

Coventry Train Station. As you leave the station’s main exit, walk straight ahead (towards the large Friargate One office building).
Continue straight following the signs for the City Centre. Once you pass the Litten Tree pub on your left, you will see us in front of you next to the Christchurch spire.

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