3Issues identified include an aging workforcecompetition for a declining pool of qualified and experienced staffa lack of dedicated Building Control coursesLack of interest in Building Control as a career
4People are struggling to keep the staff they have Real issues are…..People are struggling to keep the staff they haveThere is no money for expensive college coursesCollege courses aren’t all relevantTraining people is time consumingThey keep asking for help!They are always at college!
5Different types of trainee School leaversGraduatesPeople from sitePeople from other professionsExisting Technical Support staff
6Technical support apprenticeship ConstructionSkills have developed a new Building Control Technical Support apprenticeship framework in partnership with the NHBC and LABC.This is for advanced level Technicians working in technical support rolesThey would be working towards basic plan checking and some supervised site visits – a kind of hybrid trainee/tech support officer
7Why technical support staff? They are undervaluedThey are traditionally underachieversThey can add huge knowledge and experience to supplement your surveying teamYou don’t need a fully qualified surveyor or building engineer for all building control tasks
8The apprenticeship framework includes the following qualifications: Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Building Control Technical SupportEdexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment*Functional Skills (or Essential Skills in Wales)Employability skillsPersonal Learning and Thinking Skills
9Mandatory BTEC units plus: J/600/0451 Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment (unit 3)T/600/0221 Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment (unit 4)A/600/0222 Graphical Detailing in Construction and the Built Environment (unit 8)M/600/0296 The Underpinning Science for the Provision of Human Comfort in Buildings (unit 13)H/600/0456 Building Surveying in Construction (unit 15)D/600/0441 Building Regulations and Control in Construction (unit 17)J/600/0224 Surveying in Construction and Civil Engineering (unit 27)
10This apprenticeship will enable progression to: NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Building Control Management (under development)Higher Nationals and degree level qualificationsRoute to Technical Level Professional Body membership with ABE
11Apart from the obvious skills & knowledge it gives the individual, it will also provide the following benefits:A distinctive qualification for technical support allows for the professionalisation of that part of the serviceit is a useful independent tool to distinguish staff within a career grade or between separate grades in a support team
12Increase productivity and improve staff retention Subsidised training route for new entrants and existing staffThe apprenticeship will assist services that wish to encourage good technical support staff to progress to become professional officersA structured training route for new entrants and existing staffImprove staff retention and productivity
15This apprentice pathway doesn’t fit the traditional model for a trainee or a tech support officer. LABC has therefore decided to make available a sum of money to each region to enable a limited number of “trainees” to be employed by members.
17LABC BursaryThe LABC scheme is not intended to duplicate or replicate the proposed industry wide Building Control apprenticeships; therefore the scheme is not aimed at school leavers.The scheme is not intended to support existing staff, although LABC recognises that in some exceptional instances, this might be appropriate.
18Aimed atNew entrants to Building Control or transferors from Technical Support, or Career change or School Leavers (age 16-19) – excluding those following funded apprenticeship routes.ThenExisting staff undertaking a formal training programme up to and including HNC level.
19LABC will make available funding to allow for the payment of ONC or HNC course fees for a two year period (payment will be made directly to the educational establishment).A condition of the funding is attendance at the LABC residential courses specifically covering Building Control competencies over the two year period, the course fees for which will be paid for by LABC.
20Opening up residential courses to all at low cost What else are we doing?Opening up residential courses to all at low costNew areas on LABC forumSponsoring joint CIOB scholarshipOur programme of Building Control and Planning technical support trainingBusiness support via our regionsTrainee of the year
21This new apprenticeship will take technical support staff to a new level They already understand the business and customer environmentThis will help local authorities to prepare their teams for whatever lies ahead
22So what are you waiting for? The future is looking brighter!