Bringing the next generation into the industry is crucial. Industry training body CITB expects an extra 200,000 construction jobs to be created over the next five-years, making it vital that the industry keeps developing and attracting skilled workers. Stepnell have established an innovative partnership with local education provider Leicester College and our local supply chain partners to actively address this skills shortage.
We launched a bespoke careers and training initiative, tailored to the College’s exacting needs, giving a head start to learners seeking a career in the construction industry. We have:
- Taken part in employer mock interviews to those in custody in HMP Leicester giving them belief that there are employers who will give them a chance to do something positive with their future
- Hosted site visits for over 400 students at Nottingham Trent University at Confetti Building site
- Provided work placements giving learners valuable industry experience
Since developed this initiative into a transferable model that is now being rolled out across all regions to further address the skills shortage, and help us to continue to meet our company target that 10% of our workforce is apprentices, trainees or graduates.