News release

London – 11 Sept 2019

Building Pathways, a network of construction industry employers, referral partners, training providers and specialist support organisations, is one of 16 winning projects in the CITB’s £10m Pathways into Construction programme whose aim is to connect Building Pathways Logo with Straplinepeople from under-represented groups with skills training and career opportunities in the construction industry.


Funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and supported by organisations such as Spectra, Women in Construction and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Building Pathways will enable eligible beneficiaries* to advance into fulfilling careers through a unique framework of skills assessment, information and advice, signposting for practical and emotional support, and access to employer led mentoring, work placements, apprenticeships and job opportunities.

Mike Davis-Marks, Partner at EthosVO and Director of Building Pathways, said:

“Following on from the recent work we have been doing helping ex Military transition into construction jobs, I am delighted we have this opportunity through CITB funding to expand the scope to other under-represented groups and to be partnering with Spectra First, Women in Construction and DWP again. Building Pathways will work collaboratively with others to improve the career prospects and aspirations for many.”

Stephen Cole, CITB Head of Careers Strategy, added

“With thousands of jobs being created in the coming years, Pathways into Construction will demonstrate that we need to stop fishing in only half the pond and diversify the talent pool to meet future skills needs. We’ll explore the best routes, which employers can adopt in future, to bring under-represented groups into the industry, not only filling the skills gap but also supporting employers by recruiting domestic talent with Brexit on the horizon.”

*Building Pathways Beneficiaries

The Building Pathways project connects the following groups to skills training and career opportunities in the construction industry: 

  • Military Veterans (particularly those who left more than 12 months ago and are out of work)
  • NEETs (those Not in Employment, Education or Training)
  • Women wishing to go into construction
  • Long Term Unemployed (more than 12 months out of work)
  • Care Leavers
  • Those in full-time education, undertaking construction-related courses

The construction skills gap

According to the latest Construction Skills Network (CSN) skills forecast an estimated 158,000 construction jobs will be created across the UK between now and 2022 and around 230,000 new construction workers alone are needed by 2020 to support industry development and refresh an ageing workforce. (CSN 2019)

Construction output is expected to grow by 1.3% per year with 168,500 jobs being created by 2023 – challenging employers to recruit more people from diverse backgrounds. (CITB 2019)  

Currently, just 16% of construction employees are female, and 7% are from BAME backgrounds. (CITB 2019) 

Building Pathways (buildingpathways.org.uk)

Building Pathways is a ground-breaking initiative that identifies and secures work placements, apprenticeships, job vacancies and training for under-represented communities, alongside a package of individual support, advice, guidance and one to one mentoring. This enables eligible persons to translate their existing skills, gain new ones and access sustainable employment and career opportunities in construction companies across the UK. 

Building Pathways is delivered by EthosVO Ltd, a network of social entrepreneurs and innovators who create valuable outcomes. They were responsible for the delivery of the highly successful ex-military recruitment programme BuildForce. 

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For more information contact Fran Mullins at EthosVO: mobile: 07803 726565, email fran.mullins@ethosvo.org