Building from the bottom-up: Recommendations to support the Construction Leadership Council’s Skills Plan
An inclusive and joined-up report with constructive recommendations to increase diversity in the built environment was launched this week in response to the recent publication of the Construction Leadership Council’s Industry Skills Plan for the UK Construction Sector 2021 - 2025.
‘Building from the bottom-up: Recommendations to support the Construction Leadership Council’s Skills Plan' has been facilitated by Building People CIC, a social enterprise that is creating
connections across the built environment to address the industry challenges of skills, diversity and social impact.
Over twenty organisations came together to respond to the Skills Plan and to request that the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) broadens its scope to more strategically and practically engage with and support the many groups that provide built environment careers support to diverse audiences, such as BAME people, ex-military personnel, young people, women, LGBTQ+ people, refugee professionals and ex-offenders.
The report’s recommendations include:
● Utilising and maximising the social value drivers that are pushing employers to change their equality, diversity and inclusion behaviours
● Enabling a deeper level of equality, diversity and inclusion support than is provided by the current focus on only several industry initiatives
● Broadening the focus to include older candidates not coming through bootcamps, schools, Further and Higher Education routes
● Offering SME support to identify the skills and competences required ahead of time
● Increasing the targets and aiming for ‘industrial scale’ change that is aligned with wider government strategy and more.
Signatories to the collective response include: BuildForce, Building Equality, Building Heroes, Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, Chartered Surveyors Training Trust, Constructing Excellence, DiverseCity Surveyors, MOBIE, Real Estate Balance, Real Estate Women, Register of Tradeswomen, University College of Estate Management and Women in BIM.
To join in with Building People's movement for collaborative change: https://www.buildingpeople.org.uk/Home/Contact