Projects planned for the region include a new Inverness city bypass and significant affordable public housing, with 883 new homes built in Highland in 2012/2013. These projects present opportunities for local contractors and sub-contractors with an opportunity to procure significant contracts, and many procurement opportunities are availabile through Public Contracts Scotland.
The region has long had a strong commitment to the development of apprentices. Through support from organisations such as the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) a number of schemes continue to provide the industry with high quality apprentices.There are a number of options as well as financial help available for apprentices and companies keen to employ them, which include:
Traditional Apprenticeships - combine studying at college (or with a training provider) with experience on-site over a four year period. This is the most common way to get qualified and is available across the UK. As part of an apprenticeship, the trainee would achieve an NVQ or SVQ qualification, which can be used to qualify for one of the industry card schemes – essential for getting on-site. The apprentice's employer may be able to claim CITB Grant of up to £10,250 to support a trainee through a three or four year apprenticeship. Information on grants can be found here.
Specialist Apprenticeships - have been designed in conjunction with trade associations and independent training groups to serve sectors and employers not able to access particular apprenticeships through local colleges or training providers.
Our SkillsForce - Skills Development Scotland offer support and funding on both a national and local level for modern apprentices and towards other training requirements
Highland Shared Apprentice Scheme Ltd - a new company which will create a pool of construction apprentices who will work with multiple contractors over the duration of their apprenticeships. The scheme, to be administered by CITB Construction Skills, aims to encourage Highland construction companies to engage up to 20 apprentices per year.
Construction Ambassadors - Construction Ambassadors are people who already work in construction with at least two years' construction experience in training or employment and participate in careers events to market construction to young people, often at schools
Further information on apprenticeships is available from the CITB Website.