Working with Employers

BACH’s members from FE colleges in England and Wales work in collaboration with employers supporting them to face ongoing industry challenges. They manage the majority of learners studying the construction curriculum, training and upskilling the construction workforce of the future.

Working with the Construction Industry Training Board

BACH works closely with the Construction Industry Training Board as a valued member and CITB’s Head of Education and Training, Graham McPhail sits on our leadership committee and was also a past Chair of our organisation.

In 2019 CITB launched its ‘big six’ campaign to attract a new generation of workers to the construction industry.The levy-funded initiative outlines the ‘big six skills challenges’ identified by CITB research, the most important skills challenges faced by the construction industry, all of which are key drivers for BACH too, including:

  • making construction an attractive career to a broader range of recruits
  • developing a ‘site-ready’ workforce
  • getting more construction learners to join the industry
  • growing the number and diversity of apprentices
  • helping smaller firms invest in the training that can transform their business
  • boosting the number of assessors for vocational qualifications.

Explaining how it will work, the CITB said: “This big, bold campaign will highlight the many fantastic and well-paid career opportunities available, reaching groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in the industry.

“It will provide clear information on how to get into construction, including through apprenticeships and work experience, and will showcase the support available, such as higher CITB funding rates for apprenticeships.”

Contact your local BACH member for advice on training, qualifications and apprenticeships available to your workforce.

Find out more about CITB’s campaignHERE

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