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Latest initiatives to help business recruit talent for their teams and for individuals to find new opportunities

Talent Retention Scheme for the UK’s construction sector

Talent Retention Portal for UK construction

A not-for-profit programme, backed by Government, business organisations, professional institutions and construction unions. It’s part of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Plan for Jobs.

Benefits at a glance
  • Candidates can upload profiles and CVs to showcase their experience and expertise
  • Businesses list latest vacancies (plus company profiles, news and events) to skilled workers who are actively looking for new opportunities
  • Business can search candidates’ online profiles and CVs on a local, regional and national basis
  • Offers temporary employee loans between businesses
Join the 400+ companies already benefiting and register now

This online portal allows skilled individuals to showcase their experience and expertise and helps businesses across the industry find the skills they need.

Since launch on 24 July 2020, over 400 businesses including have registered to use the Scheme. These companies – drawn from across Britain – range from multinational engineering giants to micro businesses. Early adopters who have roles listed at launch include EDF, Balfour Beatty, and Travis Perkins.

Nadim Zahawi MP, Construction Minister and CLC co-Chair said:

“Building new homes, accelerating infrastructure, and making sure people have the right skills are all at the heart of the government’s plans to build back better from Covid-19.

“Launching today, this scheme will help to retain vital knowledge within the construction industry, enabling businesses to rapidly recruit talented individuals and reduce skills shortages at this pivotal time in the nation’s economic recovery.”

Andy Mitchell, Tideway CEO and CLC co-chair said:

“The Talent Retention Scheme is an important element of the Council’s recovery plan for the construction sector, offering an opportunity for the industry to keep the vital skills it needs to drive growth across the UK.

“We welcome the fact that companies have recognised this important role, offering their support to make sure the Scheme gets off to a flying start.”

Kickstart: recruit 16 – 24s for 6 months and get their wages paid

The EDA has a new service – Kickstart Support – to help all Members and Affiliated Members benefit from the government’s £2billion scheme for England, Scotland & Wales.

Open to 16 – 24 year olds who are claiming Universal Credit. For each Kickstart placement the government will cover:

Cost of 25 hours’ work a week at the National Minimum Wage.

  • £4.55 for under 18s,
  • £6.45 for 18 to 20-year-olds, and
  • £8.20 for 21 to 24-year-olds

To view more information on the current offerings across the apprenticeship landscape, you can view the ESFAs helpful table here.

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