Sector - Employment
City & Guilds Partners with EAL
To help with the skills gaps in the construction industry, City & Guilds has struck a partnership with EAL. Since the start of September, the first learners in England have begun studying two newly launched T Levels.
- T Level Technical Qualification in Building Services Engineering for Construction
- T Level Technical Qualification in Onsite Construction
The new T Levels will give employers an important opportunity to offer learners placements as part of their qualification, which will help those who enrol to develop a blend of academic and practical experience to progress their careers.
These new qualifications will help streamline and simplify the current system of more than 400 qualifications, ensuring that routes for progression and career development are clear.
With major infrastructure projects such as HS2 under way, along with a predicted increase in private homebuilding in the near future, the UK will need an additional 216,800 construction workers by 2025, according to a recent report from the Construction Skills Network. Brexit is also set to limit the ability to source skilled construction professionals from overseas; large numbers of people will need to be trained with the skills required to meet this demand.
City & Guilds has also announced that the new Level 2 qualifications on Construction and Building Services Engineering are now available in Wales.
The following qualifications are now available:
- Foundation in Construction and Building Services Engineering (Level 2)
- Core in Construction and Building Services Engineering (Level 2)
- Progression in Construction (Level 2)
- Progression in Building Services Engineering (Level 2)
David Phillips, Managing Director, City & Guilds, said: “City & Guilds has a long history of offering qualifications in the construction sector and we are delighted to have the opportunity to bring this expertise to the recently launched T Level Technical Qualification in Building Services Engineering for Construction and T Level Technical Qualification in Onsite Construction in England.”
“With large-scale infrastructure and housing projects high up on the Government’s agenda, it is more important than ever to combat skills shortages in the construction sector by helping young people develop the expertise required.
“I would like to encourage employers to understand the requirements and expectations of the T Level courses to ensure that students get the most value from their placements – in turn meaning that employers can best utilise the skills those students will bring.
“Our raft of new Level 2 qualifications in Wales are another important milestone in providing a more straightforward approach to training for individuals working or intending to work in the industry, equipping them with the skills to develop their careers.
“We are excited to continue strengthening our partnership with EAL once again to deliver qualifications in the Construction and Building Services Engineering sector, building on our past success in delivering qualifications in this industry.”
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