The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has reported that the Construction industry needs to find over 150,000 new recruits by 2021 in order to keep up with demand.
Adding to this complexity is that the development of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and design automation across engineering sectors; building, civil engineering and manufacturing is changing the skills sets that the future workforce will need to develop.
Moving forwards there is a growing need for learners of all disciplines to have a knowledge of coding, software modelling and additive manufacturing. In an effort to reduce the skills gap, the Government has committed to an additional 3 million apprentices across England by 2020. Through the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, the government aims to move focus on apprenticeships, equipping people with the relevant skills the industry needs.
How iMET can make a difference
iMET is working with the built environment industry in the East of England to develop and deliver apprenticeships and short courses tailored specifically to the built environment sector. The introduction of apprenticeship standards such as Civil Engineering Technician and Digital Engineering Technician provide the opportunities to change the way in which engineers learn, enabling us to shape the skills of the designers and constructors of the future.
iMET working in partnership with Cambridgeshire Regional College and Peterborough Regional College, provides access to a range of apprenticeships from L2 trade disciplines to L5 technical disciplines, thus providing progression routes that allow all students to reach their maximum potential.
Engaging young people in the Built Environment
Encouraging young workers into this industry has been a growing challenge, highlighted in the Governments Construction 2025 strategy.
This is as a result of instability in the sector from key players in recent years along with a lack of understanding of the types of roles and careers available in schools and colleges. To address this, iMET will be actively engaging schools and colleges and linking them with local businesses to help educate pupils, parents and teachers about the opportunities for a career in Construction.
Shaping the Future of Training
We’re also establishing a Built Environment Advisory Committee, which will focus on providing direction for our curriculum development. If you would like the opportunity to get involved and help shape the future of construction and next generation of talent please get in touch.