Building Plymouth

Building Plymouth is a Council led partnership with local construction and built environment stakeholders that aims to link local people with jobs and apprenticeships, training and career opportunities.

Working in close partnership with industry, training and education providers, schools, employment intermediaries and the local community, this project will:

  • help to increase the local availability of construction skills
  • connect more people to employers offering work placements, training, jobs and apprenticeship opportunities
  • enhance the image of the sector
  • increase local awareness of careers in the construction and built environment sector

The Building Plymouth initiative was set up as a ‘call to action’ to engage local stakeholders to work together to create practical solutions to overcome the skills shortages and skills gaps facing the local construction and built environment sector. Thanks to the investment by 26 project sponsors, Plymouth City Council has been able to invest in a dedicated Skills Co-ordinator to drive forward the ambitious plans for Building Plymouth.

The current Project Sponsors are AECOM, CITB, City College Plymouth, Constructing Excellence, Gilpin Demolition, Kier, Midas, mi-space, Millfields Trust, Morgan Sindall, National Careers Service, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth Community Homes, Plymouth Construction Training Group, Redrow, Ryearch, Skills Group, South Devon College, Stride Treglown, SWH Group, TClarke, TruVision VR, Ward Williams Associates, Willmott Dixon and YGS Landscapes.

To find out more about Building Plymouth, opportunities and forthcoming events please email or call 07825 263742.

Building Plymouth video from BBC Spotlight

Construction is a career like no other – 10,000 additional construction jobs in Plymouth by 2020

Construction is one of the most important sectors of the UK accounting for 2.6 million jobs, and its growing fast. This sector is expected to grow by nearly 3% over the next five years. In fact it’s estimated that over 220,000 jobs will be created in construction over the next five years to meet the skills challenge of delivering a wide range of new projects. According to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the South-West region is set to see the highest construction output growth in the UK with the City of Plymouth predicted to require a further 10,000 additional construction jobs by 2020.

Construction enables you to make your mark on the world – it creates where we live, where we play, and where we work. From historic and cultural buildings to shops, connecting our cities, enabling our travel, entertainment, protecting listed buildings and providing energy. Altogether a fantastic industry!

Here are just some of the jobs available in construction:

Design and management – architect, building surveyor, civil engineer, facilities manager, landscape architect, project manager, quantity surveyor, structural engineer, town planner, building services design engineering

Technicians – architectural technician, buyer, plumber, electrician, CAD operator, estimator, site engineer

Craft roles – carpenter and joiner, bricklayer, demolition operative, floor layer, painter and decorator, dry liner, plant mechanic, plasterer, roofer, scaffolder, shop fitter, stonemason

Go Construct video

Routes into construction include:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Vocational qualifications/A Levels
  • Construction Diplomas
  • National Diplomas and Certificates
  • Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Diplomas (HNDs)
  • Foundations Degrees
  • Bachelors Degrees

Visit the Go Construct website and find all the information you need about the wide range of rewarding and fulfilling careers in construction - whoever you are, whatever your background or skills there is a role for you!

When you find what you’re interested in, please contact Building Plymouth with your CV and we will look to match you up with a local employer and/ or training provider – for work experience, taster sessions, training, jobs or apprenticeships.

Construction apprenticeships

The UK construction industry is going to need 120,000 extra apprentices by 2018 to help build our homes, roads and railways. It’s time to get building….

An apprenticeship is the best route into construction trades and practical jobs as the apprentice achieves work based learning and site experience that employers want whilst also earning. However apprenticeships are not just for trade routes; they also cover technical apprenticeships, giving you a route into lots of different professions, including engineering, surveying and management.

Find apprenticeship opportunities by signing up and searching local vacancies on the GOV.UK website.

Latest news and events

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Building Plymouth job shop

Plymouth’s Construction Apprentice of the Year 2017 announced

The winner of Plymouth’s construction apprentice of the year was announced at the joint Building Plymouth and Plymouth Manufacturers Group Apprenticeship Jobs Fair on 4th March as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

Leader of the City Council Ian Bowyer presented Construction Apprentice of the Year Winner 2017, Ben Arthur from Creative Construction who is currently undertaking his NVQ Level 3 in Site Carpentry with CITB at City College Plymouth. 

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “It has been my pleasure to present The Ron Simmonds Construction Apprentice of the Year Awards which acknowledge and celebrate these apprentice finalists for their exceptional contribution to their workplace. We have been really impressed by the quality of nominations and I would like to congratulate these 12 apprentices, along with their employers and training providers for making this all possible.”

This annual award is officially known as the Ron Simmonds Construction Apprentice of the Year Cup. Ron was a former Alderman and Lord Mayor of the city and trained as an apprentice bricklayer, the award pays tribute to the contribution he made to Plymouth. Mr Simmonds’ family were also there at the presentation ceremony to celebrate this success.

Overall winner Ben said: “I am extremely proud to receive this award; I hope this inspires more mature students to enrol on an apprenticeship scheme, regardless of their age. Creative Construction gave me the opportunity to do an apprenticeship at the age of 24, and have really enjoyed it. I do a wide variety of carpentry work and have learnt a lot from working alongside other trades. My goal is to eventually become a site manager and gain further qualifications.”

Joe Taylor, Director of Creative Construction (SW) Ltd said: “Ben has been an outstanding apprentice. He is a great team player and has always been keen to learn. Ben works to his own initiative, puts in 100 % effort every day and is extremely reliable. He has been and still is an inspiration to work colleagues and other apprentices. It has been pleasure to see him progress and develop into a skilled tradesman and valued member of our team. The apprenticeship scheme has worked very well for our business. It has enabled us to invest in the future of the company and provided us with the skilled workforce we need in a cost effective manner. It is a pleasure to see an apprentice grow and develop their skills whilst also bringing a fresh positive approach to the workplace. The apprenticeship scheme is an important part of our strategy going forward and will play an integral role in the future growth of the business”.

Alongside Ben, Bradley Laniyan and Matthew Elmes were both recognised as Highly Commended Finalists, along with the nine other finalists Callum Atwood, Harrison Stone, Holly Curtis, Jack Bingham, Lee Norris, Lewis Bennett, Louie Bamford, Matthew Wood and Ryan McClean.

Apprenticeship Job Fair

Saturday 4 March 2017
10am to 3pm, Plymouth Guildhall 

Hundreds of young people poured into Plymouth Guildhall to find themselves apprenticeships with the cities booming Construction & the Built Environment, and Manufacturing & Engineering companies.  

Local employers including AECOM, Gilpin Demolition, Kier, Midas, mi-space, the Plymouth Construction Training Group, SWH Group and Ward Williams Associates, along with training providers CITB, City College Plymouth, Skills Group and South Devon College showcased their current vacancies across trade, technical and professional route ways into the construction and the built environment sector. 

Organised jointly by Building Plymouth and the Plymouth Manufacturers' Group, local people were given the chance to try their hand at taster activities, demonstrations, sample products, competitions and also meet Plymouth apprentices already working within these dynamic and growing industries.

Building Plymouth roadshow

Download copies of the presentations made at the roadshow:

Download Plymouth presentation [PDF, 6MB]

Download Exeter presentation [PDF, 7MB]

Download Torbay presentation [PDF, 7MB]

Download Liskeard presentation [PDF, 7MB]

Digital Construction - A city wide debate.

On 8 November 2016, Plymouth City Council brought together some of the region’s key construction and built environment experts for a city-wide digital construction debate. Organised by Building Plymouth and the engineering consultancy firm Hoare Lea, the debate explored the digital technologies changing the face of architecture, engineering and construction from design all the way through to operation. Over 90 delegates attended representing industry, schools, further and higher education.

Download Digital construction presentation [9.5MB]

Summit 4

The latest Building Plymouth Summit 4 was held on 18 October 2016 and attracted over 100 delegates, along with excellent BBC Spotlight coverage which focused on highlighting the construction skills gaps and skills shortages across the South West region. The twice yearly summits are an opportunity for people to find out the latest developments on the Council-led partnership to address the sector’s challenges.

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “Judging by what I see as the new Leader of the Council, I feel greatly encouraged by the evidently strong support for Building Plymouth which is well recognised now as a city wide innovative partnership . With more project sponsors investing , strong engagement between industry, education and training providers, schools and employment intermediaries, it is clear that our pro-active approach in tackling the skills shortages and skills gaps head on in the local construction and built environment sector is working”.

Speakers include David Bayliss from Stride Treglown, Andy Witnall from BAM Construction, Mark Wildman from Ryearch, Soo Brizell-Hogg from the Shekinah Mission, Lesley Code from SWH Group, Gary West from JCP, Bernadette Parkinson from the Plymouth Construction Training Group and Emma Hewitt the dedicated Skills Co-ordinator for Building Plymouth.

Download Building Plymouth Summit 4 presentation [5MB]

Winner of Plymouth’s first construction apprentice of the year announced

The winner of the very first construction apprentice of the year was announced at the Building Plymouth Apprenticeship jobs fair on 12 March as part of National Apprenticeships Week. Matthew Evans was presented with The Ron Simmonds Cup to acknowledge and celebrate his exceptional contribution to the workplace, and to recognise his commitment to the apprenticeship experience as whole. Matthew is completing his Level 2 Trowel Occupations with Elmes Construction Ltd and City College Plymouth. He is also one of the newly trained Plymouth Apprentice Ambassadors. Lizzy Berna, undertaking a Higher Level Professional apprenticeship with AECOM and City College Plymouth, and Liam Willsher, who has undertaken a Level 2 and 3 in Plastering with Zibest Plastering and Building Contractors and the Skills Group, were also Highly Commended Finalists. The annual award will be known as The Ron Simmonds Construction Apprentice of the Year trophy. Ron Simmonds was a former Alderman and Mayor of the City and trained as an apprentice bricklayer, the trophy pays tribute to the contribution he made to Plymouth. The award in his memory seeks to acknowledge and celebrate an apprentice’s exceptional contribution to their workplace, and recognise their commitment to the apprenticeship experience.

Maximising employment and skills opportunities through local planning and procurement  

Plymouth, like some other Local Authorities have aligned with the Construction Industry Training Board, to adopt the National Skills Academy for Construction’s Client Based Approach (CBA). This provides a toolkit to deliver employment, apprenticeships and training for public sector clients through their construction projects, planning policy and development control. It also defines Employment and Skills based benchmarks for developments based on build cost against prescribed KPIs covering apprenticeships, school and college liaison, skills development for the workforce and jobs created.  

In January 2016, Plymouth City Council was formally accredited for the Client Based Approach through the National Skills Academy for Construction across both planning and procurement contracted construction activities. The Building Plymouth Skills Co-ordinator is the lead point of contact for advising and assessing employment and skills plans, and method statements through the Client Based Approach, and monitoring delivery against negotiated targets

Download Guidance for developers and contractors [570KB]

Download Client based approach KPI toolkit [480KB]