The CPA Skills Report 2015

Manufacturers and distributors of construction products run thousands of training programmes for the builders and tradespeople who install their products. An opportunity exists to put that training on a formal footing with nationally recognised qualifications, according to this report from the Construction Products Association.

In the third in a series of projects that the Association is contributing to understand skills and materials constraints facing the industry, the CPA’s ‘Skills Report 2015’ – produced with support from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) – maps the large number of training activities which members currently run, particularly for ‘product-users’, and looks at ways in which the industry can work better with Sector Skills Councils and standard setting bodies. Finally, the report recommends a new process to optimise competence across the supply chain by aligning manufacturers’ training programmes with existing accredited qualifications.

Also provided (see ‘Annex 1’) is detailed information for companies regarding products, Standard Occupational Classification codes, products and materials manufacturing occupations and product user occupations.  This information can be used to guide HR and training professionals to the nationally recognised occupations which may currently exist in their sectors, and help them grow their relationship with the relevant Sector Skills Council.

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