Construction Specialist (Wales)

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Framework ID: FR03332
Issue number: 22
Issued: 25 February 2015

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Summary of the purpose of the framework

CITB-ConstructionSkills Apprenticeship Definition as defined by the Construction Industry

An apprenticeship in construction is a form of vocational training whereby the apprentice follows a ConstructionSkills' approved framework to develop skills and knowledge and who would then demonstrate and evidence their application in a construction environment. In order to complete a Construction Apprenticeship the apprentice must have been employed during the apprenticeship, have evidenced competence in the specified range of vocational skills and have an employed status at the time of completion.

The core participants involved in a Construction Apprenticeship are:

• Employer – the primary provider of learning in the workplace, and supports the apprentice through mentoring, learning and payment of wages
• Apprentice – contributes to the productivity of the employer and undertakes the requisite learning
• Training provider – provides off-site tuition and administrative support to both the employer and apprentice. (Training providers can include colleges, training centres, manufacturers, suppliers and some employers.)
• Government – provides a financial contribution to the training costs of the apprenticeship
• Managing agent – sets up and monitors the apprenticeship and obtains and distributes the government funding. The managing agent can also be the training provider or the employer. (Apprentices can choose not to have a managing agent.)

Construction Specialist framework has a role in supplying a qualified workforce to small and medium enterprises (SME). The vast majority of companies in the sector are small, with approximately 93% employing less than 10 employees. Less than 1% of sector businesses are large (employing more than 250 people), although these firms carry out a disproportionate share of the work by value.

In Wales, 31,800 people working within the sector are self-employed. Whilst the numbers of self-employed within the sector has declined slightly over recent years, they still represent well over a third (37% v 39% UK) of the available labour in the contracting sector.

There are 88,700 employees in construction in Wales, and by the year 2015, it is estimated to increase to 107,500, a further 4,680 per year of new recruits will be needed to fill the posts of those that retire or leave the industry. The following is the annual recruitment for Construction Specialist for the period 2011 to 2015.

• Building Envelope specialists 180
• Plasterers and Dry Liners 50
• Roofers 50
• Floorers 50
• Specialist Building Operatives 130
• Scaffolders 50
• Steel erectors/structural 50
• Construction Managers 280

The priorities for the sector for 2010 to 2014 are to:

• improve productivity
• attract, retain and develop talent
• increase diversity
• improve supervisory, management and leadership skills
• collaborate with employers and stakeholders.

An apprenticeship in construction follows a pattern of vocational training to meet the requirements of a ConstructionSkills' approved framework. This enables them to develop skills and knowledge which they can then demonstrate and evidence in a real construction environment.

The Foundation (Level 2) and Apprenticeship (level 3) in Specialist occupations has been meeting the needs of employers since the mid 1990’s.

This apprenticeship has been developed to help meet the skills priorities of the industry and for Wales by:

• continuing to provide qualifications required by employers to help their business grow
• introducing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 and above) to provide a career pathway to supervisory and management levels
• meeting the requirements of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for Wales (SASW)
• by incorporating Essential Skills Wales at levels 1 and 2 thereby improving the levels of basic literacy and numeracy skills in the workforce
• wider Key Skills
• providing qualifications for competence and knowledge, approved by employers to meet the skills mix they require
• incorporating employment rights and responsibilities, recommending a minimum number of hours for induction and mentoring to develop employability and learning skills
• providing progress pathways from Foundation (level 2), Apprenticeship (level 3) and Higher (level 4 and above)
• addressing skills gaps and shortages in priority sectors in Wales such as the under representation of women and ethnic minorities.

This framework includes the following occupations at Foundation (Level 2), Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Construction Specialist as follows.

Foundation (Level 2)

Pathway 1 Accessing and Rigging
Pathway 2 Applied Waterproof Membranes
Pathway 3 Cladding Occupations
Pathway 4 Wall and Floor Tiling
Pathway 5 Fitted Interiors
Pathway 6 Floorcovering
Pathway 7 Interior Systems
Pathway 8 Mastic Asphalt
Pathway 9 Plastering
Pathway 10 Roofing Occupations
Pathway 11 Stonemasonry
Pathway 12 Insulation and Building Treatments
Pathway 13 Thermal Insulation

Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Pathway 1 Plastering
Pathway 2 Roofing Occupations
Pathway 3 Stonemasonry
Pathway 4 Wall and Floor Tiling
Pathway 5 Heritage Skills
Pathway 6 Mastic Asphalting

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