The new scheme, designed to match job opportunities to individuals seeking employment and run by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), went live last Friday (24 July).  It’s already off to a very promising start with 482 employers currently signed up to use the scheme, and over 240 vacancies posted, with more being added every day.

If you are a business or individual looking to find out more, please visit the Talent Retention Scheme portal here.

A Covid-19 Displaced Apprentice Project team has been established by CITB; this team will be reaching out to apprentices impacted by the pandemic.  They will work with Apprentices to find alternative employment where possible, or signpost them to other support services, including the Talent Retention Scheme.

Apprentices will also be supported by CITB with more practical elements, such as developing CVs and interview preparation, to provide the best possible chance at securing further employment.  If you are an employer willing to take on an Apprentice that has been made redundant, register with the Talent Retention Scheme or contact CITB it’s vital the finishes and interiors sector don’t lose these people.