The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry.

CIC launches two new technical apprenticeships

On 25th April 2013 CIC Chief Executive, Graham Watts, opened the launch of two new technical support apprenticeships in Town Planning and Building Control at London Councils this morning, to an enthusiastic audience of key public and private stakeholders, including employers, trainers, FE colleges, qualification providers and professional bodies.

CIC members have shown their commitment to improving access to the professions and diversity in the work place and these new apprenticeship pathways will provide another training route to help make this happen.

Employers increasingly require skilled technicians who can work within an integrated digital environment using technologies such as Geographic Information System (GIS) and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

With this in mind CIC members – Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Association Building Engineers (ABE), National House-Building Council (NHBC) and Local Authority Building Control (LABC) – identified a need to develop the apprenticeship pathways as a means of addressing future skills needs and providing a pipeline of talent to the sector.

Apprenticeships provide an important means for employers to recruit and develop their staff. They help deliver a competent workforce by providing a nationally recognised qualification and a structured training and career pathway.
CIC will continue to work with stakeholders to deliver these apprenticeships to the sector in order to help it meet its future needs.

Comments from delegates “I was very pleased to be asked to help launch the Planning & Building Control Apprenticeships today at London Councils. The Planning Officers Society sees the long-term benefits for the planning profession of investing in our technical support staff and this Apprenticeship is an ideal way of doing that.” Mike Kiely, Director of Planning & Building Control, London Borough Croydon and Senior Vice President POS

“In our role as deliverers of high quality building control through local authorities, we are very well aware of the importance of the technical support teams and staff. We simply cannot provide the level of service that the construction industry demands without their input. LABC Training provides dedicated courses for both Planning and Building Control Technical support staff and technicians and we are therefore delighted to be involved in this project to provide a robust formal pathway and framework for people looking to gain a relevant and valuable qualification, leading to membership of a professional organisation.” Anna Thompson, Director of Training, LABC

For further information please contact Patricia Behal.