Steve Roberts coordinates and manages the facilitation of an Employment and Skills strategic focus group which is made up of construction businesses, training providers, consultants and industry experts. The group is jointly chaired by Kate Swain and Tom Redfearn from Keir Construction who both have responsibility for implementing and supporting ‘Social Value’ across the South West.
Building Cornwall’s strategic aims and objectives are ‘’To support economic growth and create employment skills opportunities, under the banner of Building Cornwall to assist the wider Built Environment landscape‘’.
Focus on leadership and coordination of the ‘Building’ family to better connect activities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly including a bigger focus on collaborative delivery, sustainability and funding investment.
Understand employer demand by mapping the real-time Labour Market Intelligence for construction and the built environment – both current skills and future skills.
Collate a capital pipeline of public sector projects to better understand skills demand across Cornwall and the IoS including pipeline.
Increase Apprenticeship starts and completions, promote interest and growth in Traineeships, Kickstarts and T-Levels – ensuring progression routes and breadth of trade, technical and professional pathways. This will involve the development of a skills gap analysis across the LEP area based on the current offer from further and higher education, private providers and look at demand from LMI tools.
Improve the weighting and demonstrate the impact of Social Value interventions through the delivery of employment and skills plans across CIoS LEP.
Respond to the demand for virtual engagement. Together co-ordinate focused careers education, information, advice and guidance including greater support and wider promotion of go construct – aligned with employer demand.
Maximise use of digital technology and modern methods of construction.
Engage with the local construction sector on developing skills to support clean growth and the Green Economy through up-skilling their existing workforce, promoting green jobs and opportunities, and influence local training providers to align curriculum including new green apprenticeships.