Construction Talent Retention Scheme Announced

The Government has moved to secure vital talent needed to build the UK’s recovery from COVID-19, protecting employment for thousands of people working in the construction sector.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, today announced the launch of the Construction Talent Retention Scheme, a partnership between the Government and industry to secure essential talent in the UK construction sector.

The Construction Talent Retention Scheme, to formally launch later this month, will be an online portal that supports redeployment of staff at risk of redundancy across the sector, while also enabling temporary employee loans between businesses. The scheme gives displaced workers from other sectors a route to find new employment in construction.

ECA CEO Steve Bratt, who is a member of the CLC coronavirus taskforce, comments, “ECA supports the construction talent retention scheme as a further mechanism for keeping people employed and retaining valuable skills within the industry. The key to ensuring this works for employers will be in the detail, which we look forward to contributing to. Engineering and electrotechnical skills are vital for delivering housing and infrastructure, as well as decarbonising and digitalising the economy. It is therefore key that as many skilled workers as possible are retained in employment or active work within the industry.”

Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Co-Chair, Andy Mitchell, adds, “This is a great example of what we can achieve when we work collaboratively with Government and we look forward to continuing in this spirit when the proposals and recommendations of our broader Roadmap to Recovery are published. In the meantime, we will work with our members and industry stakeholders to encourage the scheme’s use and success.”

Association for Consultancy & Engineering (ACE) Chief Executive, Hannah Vickers, says, “This is a proven solution with a strong track-record in other sectors, cross-industry support and pledges from our leading employers. It is vital we keep the skills in our sector to avoid a talent drain and is the only way we will be able to ramp-up activity to lead the recovery of the wider economy and deliver growth through new buildings and infrastructure.”

Group Chief Executive of Mace, and Skills Workstream Lead at the Construction Leadership Council, Mark Reynolds, adds, “The CLC’s Construction Talent Retention Scheme will offer a critical lifeline for the construction industry, and it will help the industry retain and share our exceptional talent needed to deliver vital infrastructure and support the country’s recovery plan. The scheme is a great example of Government and industry collaboration during these challenging times for the construction sector. We are delighted to support the initiative as a real solution to protecting employment for thousands in our industry, continuing to build a better future.”

The not-for-profit programme now has funding secured until the end of the financial year, providing a free online platform for any organisation looking to hire, while ensuring that candidates’ skills and experience are given a prominent platform within the industry.

Businesses can register their interest in the scheme at: www.trs-system.co.uk/construction.

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