It has been proposed that every large city development should incorporate training for apprentice construction workers. Brighton & Hove City Council's policy and resources committee will be asked to approve a scheme to deliver this vision on 8 December.
Brighton is going through a period of unprecedented growth and development. This means plenty of work for the construction industry. Unfortunately the industry workforce is under-skilled., The proposed scheme would mean that construction workers would get extra training while they worked. There would be an emphasis on helping young workers get qualifications. Another part of the plan stipulates that local workers should be hired where possible.
If the policy and resources committee approves the idea, construction workers will be able to train for NVQ level 2 qualifications whilst working on large-scale developments. On a site employing more than 500 workers, the minimum would be 50 trainees, or 10% of the workforce.
Councillor Don Turner said: "Our city has never seen growth on this scale before, with potentially £2.2 billion of development planned over the next ten years. There are major schemes such as the King Alfred scheme, Brighton Station, Preston Barracks, the Marina and Black Rock, and currently we don't have the local workforce required to meet the needs of these projects.
"The local training agreement encourages developers to create a contract for 10% of the workforce to be trainees. This is based on a traditional approach from the construction industry where every tenth person on a gang was a trainee. From there they would move up the gang. This builds up the number of training opportunities.
"We also want to establish good practice around health and safety. Agreements will require that workers have minimum training around health and safety and Construction Skills Certificates (CSC) and be competent to do the trade in which they are operating."
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