Funding for CLC recruitment schemes ‘proving a challenge’

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) is in discussions about the future of its two recruitment platforms after their funding expires in April.

Recent CLC minutes noted that funding for the Construction Talent Retention Scheme and Talentview was “proving a challenge” and that the group had “no mechanism for funding”.

The CLC launched the Construction Talent Retention Scheme (TRS) in July 2020 to support employees at risk of redundancy, with a £1.2m grant from the Department for Business and Trade (DBT). Talentview, a recruitment portal aimed at entry-level roles, was introduced as a sister project in 2021.

TRS is free to use, although government funding ended last year. The CLC is in discussions about transitioning towards private support from larger companies, with services remaining free for SMEs.

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has supported Talentview since April 2023, as part of its efforts to encourage apprenticeships. A decision about whether this support will continue into the next financial year is expected soon, according to a Talentview spokesperson.

Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds and chief of staff Hannah Vickers, along with the DBT’s head of construction stakeholder management Stuart Young, will write a draft paper setting out CLC’s position on funding requirements, according to the November minutes.

TRS was initially launched as part of then chancellor Rishi Sunak’s package for supporting businesses during the Covid pandemic. The online platform helps companies redeploy staff at risk of redundancy. It has so far supported 2,800 people into new roles, according to a TRS spokesperson. Balfour Beatty, Kier and Wates are among the employers currently participating.

Talentview Construction is aimed at supporting early careers by connecting employers and candidates for work experience, apprenticeships and graduate roles. The platform has around 27,500 candidate applications annually.

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