Mind the Gap – employing to the construction industry from the wider workforce
The employment rate in the UK is at its highest ever with more than 32 million people in work. Employers across the construction industry are now having to compete in a tightening labour market and report that they are struggling to fill their vacancies due to labour, skill and talent shortages. Some employers also struggle to achieve their local employment and skills plan obligations in local planning or social value agreements.
There are now over 11 million people in the UK who have a criminal record, but many construction industry employers have faced varied challenges in accessing this vast potential talent pool.
Mind the Gap is a ground-breaking initiative commissioned by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to help develop employment pathways into the construction industry for people with convictions who are motivated to work and provide employers the necessary resources, support and training they need to confidently access this talent pool. Mind the gap has also developed practical guidance specifically for employers in the construction industry on safe and fair recruitment.
On 27th November, construction industry employers and stakeholders came together for an Offploy hosted event, where our Social Inclusion Lead, Jude Knight, discussed Skills Support for the Workforce and support for people with criminal convictions to get back into the workplace, alongside a legal briefing by Nacro consultant, Dominic Headley, based on the Mind the Gap toolkit. Duncan O’Leary from New Futures Network outlined the Ministry of Justice’s new vision for partnership working with local prisons and the Local Enterprise Partnership detailed the support that the LEP can provide local construction employers to train their workforce.
A great day showcasing the partnership working and collaborative approach that we enjoy with stakeholders and businesses from across the region.