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Duration: 2006 - Present

The Construction Industry Council is a partner in ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for Construction, along with CITB-ConstructionSkills and CITB-ConstructionSkills Northern Ireland.

Being part of a successful ConstructionSkills partnership enables us to capitalise on our broad scope and national reach, and to seize the opportunities presented to us as a leading Sector Skills Council. To visit the skills website and

Our partners and businesses each have individual identities and accountabilities. Yet we all belong to a single enterprise, and our success depends on working together effectively towards achieving our Mission for the Industry.

Industry Priorities and Enablers

Recognising the research outlook, key drivers and skills issues, and direction from the ConstructionSkills Strategic Partnership Panel, the following skills priorities and enabling activities have been agreed in consultation with industry and stakeholders. Industry Priorities represent longer term aspirations to increase the sector’s productivity and competitiveness, and meet low carbon targets over the coming years. Enablers reflect the more immediate skills issues for the SSC, partner organisations and stakeholders to address.

Industry Priorities

  • Productivity Challenge– supporting employer and industry competitiveness through upskilling and improved levels of health, safety, competence and efficiency.
  • Low Carbon Challenge– providing clarity and support on skills needs in response to increasing demands on industry and potential new markets opening up.


  • Leadership Challenge: providing leadership for the sector on key skills issues and quality standards, and addressing employers’ leadership skills needs.
  • Recruitment Challenge– keeping the pipeline of talented new entrants flowing.
  • Employer Engagement Challenge– keeping in close contact with employers so that we understand their skills needs and shape solutions accordingly.
  • Education and Training Challenge– working with schools, colleges, universities and other providers to ensure we strengthen the skills infrastructure and deliver ‘right skills, right place, right time’.