Green Skills Partnership wins bid to support unemployed construction workers

The Green Skills Partnership (GSP) and Carshalton College have won a bid for more than £300,000 to support the reengagement of unemployed construction workers. The bid will fund a programme that aims to drive growth within the Construction sector, supporting companies to grow and take on local, suitably qualified labour – delivering social and economic benefit to London.

The programme is part of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) project for construction – a key project within the Greater London Joint Initiative Programme, funded by the CITB and London Enterprise Panel.

The project will support over 500 unemployed construction workers to gain the necessary skills and qualifications for employment. It will also provide 300 work placements and tasters in industry and connect 150 job ready individuals with sustainable employment opportunities in construction companies by June 2016.

GSP was founded and is chaired by Unionlearn in the Southern & Eastern Region TUC.

Working alongside Ixion, a not-for-profit group of companies that is a subsidiary of Anglia Ruskin University, GSP and Carshalton College will deliver employer engagement events, work placements and connect participants with real employment opportunities across live construction projects in London. Ixion will deliver the skills and qualifications element of the project.

The project will directly support construction companies by providing:

  • Experienced construction workers with fully funded up to date qualifications and cards relevant for business needs.
  • An opportunity to "try before you buy" and test new candidates through a tailored work placement programme
  • Up to £500 employer incentive grant for every person taken on and employed in the business.

Stuart Barber, Senior Union Support officer, unionlearn SERTUC, said:

"GSP will be working closely with its partners to deliver on outcomes. We will be working with Ucatt, who will provide onsite support to the individuals in making sure of site safety, individuals are site compliant and that the work placements are of quality and capturing relevant data.

"If you are an employer looking to source good quality candidates or an individual looking to get back into construction, get in touch to find out more."

Contact Stuart Barber:
[email protected]