News from CITB-ConstructionSkills NI November 2012 The past year has been another difficult one for the construction industry, we are working hard to help employers train, upskill and prepare for the upturn. 1. Value For Money • Last year we returned 89% of levy to registered employers in direct and indirect benefits such as grants, employer information help and guidance and utilisation of our Mobile Training Unit. • Indirect services includes research and development to help industry predict levels of activity and industry trends,careers promotion, Skillbuild and delivery of our funded projects. Value for Levy 2011/12 11% Indirect benefits to the industry 61% Contribution to overheads & support costs Direct Benefits Grant Mobile Training Unit & Undergraduate programme Indirect Benefits Employer Engagement, Standards & Qualifications & Recruitment and Careers Skillbuild Marketing & Advertising • During 2011/2012 650 employers claimed £1.3million of grant throughout the year. • The programme of training interventions that were piloted with industry partners last year were incorporated into the annual Grants Scheme for 2011/2012 and formally called Tier 2. These interventions were once again targeted at areas identified by the industry representative bodies as critical to employers in dealing with the current economic climate. • Training under Tier 2 was completed by 289 individuals from over 160 employers in a range of areas including NVQ’s, Green Construction, Performance Improvement, Strategic Planning, Estimating and Completing PQQ’s that win. 3. Levy Direct benefits to levy payers 28% 2. Grants 61% 59% 2% 28% 20% 5% 3% Contribution to overheads & support costs 11% • Total number of registered inscope employers in August 2012 was 3263 • The levy rate for 2011/2012 was 0.6% and will remain at this reduced level for 2012/2013 4. Employer Engagement • Throughout the year 24 Employer Information Events were held across the Province attended by 171 employers and supported by Health & Safety Works NI. • Additional information sessions were provided by HM Revenue & Customs and the Equality Commission at some of these events. • Dates have been launched for 2012/2013 and full details can be found at www.citbcsni.org.uk/events 5. E-Business • Throughout the year we launched and established a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CITBConstructionSkillsNI • We continued to promote claiming grants online, with the result that over 37% of grant claims made by employer are made on-line. • We engaged with employers using SMS text messages to advise them of employer engagement events and grants available • 85% of supplier invoices and 78% of grant applications are now paid electronically. • We continue to incentivise electronic communication by increasing grant payment to those who claim grant on-line and/or pay levy by electronic means. 6. Recruitment & Careers • CITB-ConstructionSkills NI continued to promote construction as a career choice, advising of the varying roles available from craft occupations through to professional services. • During the year 14 careers events were attended throughout NI providing engagement with Careers Teachers, Careers Advisers, and over 3,000 potential new entrants. • 12 construction ambassadors attended 14 ad-hoc requests for school and college visits allowing them to engage directly with potential new entrants. 7. Industry Training • During the training year 66 construction undergraduates from the local Universities or Further Education establishments attended the 10-day Undergraduate Development Programme (UDP). The aim of the programme is to develop skills which employers are looking for in graduate level new entrants coming into the construction industry. • Through our Tier 2 & Tier 3 grants, £200k was spent on delivering essential training on low or no cost to industry. This has helped deliver greater focus on improving management and leadership skills. 8. Qualifying the Existing Workforce (QEW) • The QEW project aims to assess 500 currently unqualified, experienced, employed workers to NVQ Level 2. • This initiative is delivered in partnership with CITBConstructionSkills NI and the Joint Council for the Building & Civil Engineering Industry and is being funded by DEL’s Customised Training Fund. • Qualifications are available in 37 occupational areas (for a full list see www.citbcsni.org.uk – follow the links to Free NVQs). 9. Building Skills for Sustainable Construction • The Mobile Training Unit (MTU) currently travels across the Province delivering an extensive range of construction related health and safety and bespoke training to operatives, supervisors and managers. • A total of 2669 individuals attended training by means of the MTU or via an onsite venue. • Full details of courses provided on MTU can be found www.citbcsni.org.uk • The scaffolding programme provided training and assessment for 54 individuals through the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) Part 1, Part 2 and Advanced Scaffolding. • 12 operatives achieved either NVQ level 2 or NVQ Level 3 through the CISRS scheme. • CITB-ConstructionSkills NI has been awarded funding, to deliver an innovative project, to train 30 local construction workers in sustainable construction in Biberach, Germany. • The ‘Building Skills for Sustainable Construction’ project will help participants widen their knowledge of sustainable construction methods, renewable energy and environmental standards. • Two training courses will be held in June and October 2013 and each will last for two weeks. • Recruitment for participants to take part in the programme will commence in 2013. For more information go to www.citbcsni.org.uk/Leonardo-Project 10. Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in Northern Ireland Project • CITB-ConstructionSkills NI were awarded a second phase of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund through their ‘Skills for the Future’ programme, making a total of over £480K available to fund a programme to help address skills shortages in the repair and maintenance of traditional buildings. • The programme will provide 19 placements, upskill 10 college lecturers and develop 4 project mentors. For further information contact us CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, 17 Dundrod Road, Crumlin, Co Antrim BT29 4SR Tel: 028 9082 5466 www.citbcsni.org.uk CITB-ConstructionSkills, CIC and CITB-ConstructionSkills NI are working as ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for Construction.