Charley Wainwright, Future of Construction lead at Pagabo.
Austen Shakespeare

Hull based framework provider announces new construction qualifications

A cross-industry initiative has developed a brand-new set of qualifications “futureproofing” the construction sector against digital transformation.

The Future of Construction initiative is led by Hull-based national framework provider Pagabo and is made up of representatives from across the wider construction industry.

The new qualifications are announced as latest data from the Office for National Statistics revealed vacancies in the construction sector have hit their highest figure for at least 20 years.

Around 43,000 construction roles were unfilled between July and the end of September, which is an increase of 7,000 on the figures between June and the end of August.

Charley Wainwright, The Future of Construction lead at Pagabo said: “The construction sector is a crucial one to the UK economy – shown by the role government expects it to play in post-COVID recovery. It employs some three million people and has more than 300,000 individual businesses.

“But the workforce of tomorrow wants and expects more than what the industry currently offers, especially post-pandemic when it comes to things like work-life balance and technology-driven practices. This means it has never been more crucial to ensure that construction is seen not just as a job, but an enticing career option.”

The qualifications are aimed at all levels, from trainee through to senior management, and are accredited by Ofqual.

The study process encompasses a variety of assessment methods and supporting evidence requirements, which can include observation, witness testimonies, activity logs, written questions and professional discussions.

The assessment process will be planned and discussed on a continual basis throughout the study period until all of the required evidence is complete, allowing more flexibility in study than is available in existing qualifications.

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