Pathways into Construction

Building Pathways has been successfully providing support to underrepresented groups of people for the construction industry since its launch in July 2019, under the CITB’s Pathways into Construction commission.

The programme targeted 5 distinct cohorts (veterans, women, CBE students, long term unemployed and NEETs).

It was delivered mainly across three South London boroughs, including Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark where we had existing links, with a plan to expand nationally.

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Its specific objectives were to:

  • To provide excellent pre employment support to individuals from under represented groups that helps prepare and connect them to relevant career and work outcomes
  • To facilitate and support individuals’ access to industry-led careers information and advice, skills training, coaching and mentoring, pre-employment support, work experience placements and employment opportunities
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Despite its suspension as a CITB funded programme in May 2020, and final termination in November 2020, the programme has achieved some very significant and ‘against the general run of play’ outcomes:

  • Established a growing network of over 38 Tier 1 and SMEs construction contractors and developers operating across London, including Wates, Sir Robert McAlpine, Kier, Reliable Contractors, VGC group, AE Elkins and others
  • Identified 38 industry professionals of which 16 participated in online mentoring training delivered by Building Pathways
  • Engaged 252 beneficiaries from across south London, organising and delivering 11 community based construction information events.  Of those who have registered, 58 have completed job specific training, 246 have received 121 IAG (Career Information, Advice, Guidance) and employability support, 20 participated in work experience placements and 6 so far have gained permanent employment or started an apprenticeship
  • Collaborated with a range of independent training providers, FE colleges, job brokerage schemes and local JCPs to provide our target groups access to employer-led career advice and guidance services, career information events, employability support, work placements and jobs
  • Established our identity as a ‘connector’ organisation that understands and addresses the needs of businesses and providers across different sectors to help them achieve their strategic objectives and goals
  • Helped mobilise and support referral partners and employers to fulfil their objectives towards promoting construction careers and enhancing progression pathways in the UK construction industry
  • Achieved over £730,000 of Social Value (as measured by National TOMS)

In March 2020, we were awarded the ‘Lambeth Made Award Charter’ for our work in supporting construction and built environment diploma students into work placement and apprenticeship opportunities, recognising our ability to lead, negotiate and coordinate activities effectively between employers and training providers has already helped economically inactive people gain employability support and work placements.

With the Covid-19 pandemic, we transformed the operating model rapidly to adapt to a virtual service, offering induction, IAG, mentor training, mentoring and job specific training (accredited and unaccredited) to our beneficiaries and employers.

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This project was funded by CITB and Spectra First, providers of the Care Leaver Covenant.

Delivery partners were Women into Construction and DWP.

We had three students; Electrician, Painter and Decorator and Plumber. All three men were keen to work, polite and punctual on a daily basis. We had positive feedback from the Trade Supervisors they were working with and the Voids and Maintenance Manager was very pleased with both their interest in learning and the quality of work the students carried out.

Building Pathways clearly work very hard to build relationships with colleges and local employers and they have made the process very easy on us. I look forward to continuing to work with them to provide more opportunities to local people.

Ayesha Wright

Continuous Improvement Coordinator, A&E Elkins Ltd

Building Pathways have helped the students at Lambeth College to gain occupational insight and make informed choices about their skills needs through inspiring projects and placements. I would not hesitate to recommend them!

Clive Lissaman

Employer Engagement Manager, Lambeth College

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