What was the purpose of this event?
This event considered “How can FE colleges and employers address the technical and higher technical skills gaps in the construction sector across Greater Manchester and the wider region?”
In this discursive event, we considered current and future skills gaps at higher technical level, including immediate challenges, emerging issues and the specific skills required for future contracts. We considered the role of FE colleges in addressing the skills gaps and how, working together with key employers, we can better address the needs of the sector through:
- Curriculum development – designing short courses, full curriculum and talent pipelines for the future – green agenda writ large!!
- Supporting engagement of sub-contractors – upskilling the whole sector
- Stimulating demand for short courses and long programmes – employees, adults and young people – who can do what?
- Addressing diversity and equality – eg women in construction, aging workforce – careers of choice for young people and adults – changing perceptions