Project Partner Opportunities and Updates 

Working collaboratively with our project partners Building Greater Exeter aims to deliver positive outcomes for the sector.

The initiative wouldn’t be possible with the support of our partners and please see below for current opportunities and requests for support:

Partner Opportunities – October – December 2021

Online Construction and Built Environment Skills Gap Summit 2021
23 November 2021 – 8.30am – 10.30am

Building Greater Exeter have partnered with Building Plymouth and Building Torbay to deliver this virtual event to better understand your key demands for skills in the local area.

This interactive event includes five break out sessions where each attendee will share and discuss their requirements for skills.

Please join us if you work in one of the following construction sectors:

– Main contractors
– Local/ regional supply chain representatives
– Housing contractors
– Civil engineering contractors
– Consultants

Following the summit we will: produce a report of key skills gaps in the local area; build a business case for skills funding investment; work with training providers to respond to this demand and align our messaging to inspire the future workforce.

To view the invitation click here

To register for the event on our Eventbrite page click here

Devon Recovery – Green Innovation Fund

The Green Innovation Fund was created to help Devon Build Back Better as it recovers from the effects of Covid 19; helping to boost clean, green growth and creative solutions to environmental problems, whilst establishing Devon as a leader in the low carbon sector.

Clean Growth means growing the economy within our ecological limits. Innovation is required to create new ways of working, products, or concepts to achieve economic growth and skills gains whilst meeting Carbon Net Zero.

The project will identify areas of potential Green Innovation in Devon and use a challenge fund to magnify and accelerate green innovation that is viable, practical, and replicable in Devon.

Funding of between circa £25,000 – £200,000 can be applied for, with a combination of capital and revenue funding available. All funding must be spent by 31/3/23.

To read the Green Innovation Fund EOI Form Guidance notes click here

To download the GIF EOI form click here

Please join us for an update on the Building Greater Exeter project and to provide your input into the future direction of the project

The purpose of the event is to report back on progress, discuss future plans and opportunities and to gain input from our project partners to feed into the planning and delivery process.

A full agenda will be sent out closer to the date, but the meeting will run from 9:00-13:30 and includes a light lunch, with timings as follows:

9:00 – 9:30 Arrival / refreshments
9:30 – 11:00 Meeting
11:00 – 11:30 Break/ refreshments
11:30 – 13:00 Meeting continues for project partners only
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch / Networking

Please note this invitation is for project partners who financially contribute to the project only and a different invitation is available for the first half of the meeting which is open to anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of how Building Greater Exeter is supporting the local construction sector.

This is our first face to face event of the year taking place at the Royal Albert and Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter and there will not be a virtual option for this event.

We hope to see you there!

Please register to attend

School Engagement 2021/2022

We have drawn up a calendar of events outlining where we can help support schools to promote careers in construction and have sent a PDF with all the dates and our offer of support to every secondary school in Exeter, East Devon and Teignbridge.

If you haven’t already registered to join our mailing list to help support and participate in these events please email Jennie Linzell

To download the full PDF please click here

Work Experience in the Exeter area

We are getting a number of requests for work experience in Exeter and the surrounding area.

If you are able to offer any work experience please let Jennie know and she will connect you.

Construction Training Directory – please promote

We launched the Construction Training Directory in May and since then it has received more than 1,050 visits.

The Directory is regularly updated and provides information on training providers and courses in construction and the built environment in the Greater Exeter area. The Directory supports the construction companies to help them find an apprentice or to upskill their workforce and we would appreciate your help by sharing this information to your supply chain or companies who would benefit:

Construction Training Directory

Job Opportunities

If you have any vacancies you would like featured on our Construction Job Shop page then please email Jennie Linzell and they will be promoted.

Building Greater Exeter are at Exeter Works every Wednesday for the Job Shop offering face to face appointments. If you have a number of vacancies to promote and would like to join us one week , please contact Jennie Linzell.

Talentview Construction

Talentview Construction (TVC) is an early careers initiative supported by the Construction Leadership Council, Government, universities, colleges and industry groups. Entirely free to use, the scheme has also received support from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and the Association of Colleges (AOC). TVC launched to the public on Tuesday 21 September 2021 and you can load your job vacancies and construction courses onto the website here:

They have produced a very comprehensive toolkit which provides everything you need to get involved, you can access this here:
CTRS & TVC Communications Toolkit (


In addition to the information above, here is a link to the webinar which explains what Talentview is all about and how it can help both the industry and potential employees discover their future careers in construction and the built environment.

To watch this please click on the link to the right.

Supporting the Construction Landscape with Fully Funded ESF Digital Training

Building Growth South West is committed to supporting Construction SMEs across Devon through their fully ESF Digital Enablement (DESME) Programme.

As part of the DESME programme, Building Growth South West are carrying out regional skills analysis to identify the barriers Construction SMEs face when it comes to the adoption of digital skills.

For further information and/or to book a place, please click on the image OR email

Partner Updates

The 2021 CESW Construction Summit – 17 November 2021
Coming out of COVID – CE is driving the change Agenda

Improving the performance of the South West construction industry through collaborative working. CESW are the only cross-sector, cross supply chain member led organisation set up to achieve this ambition. Their core values focus on collaborative working, an integrated supply chain, procurement on best value not lowest price, early involvement, lean and commitment to people.

Building Greater Exeter will be facilitating a workshop in partnership with Building Plymouth and Building Torbay to determine how we can best support industry in delivering net zero.

To purchase tickets, and for more information, please click here

Rehab 4 Addiction

Rehab 4 Addiction have put together a resource page for people living in Devon who may be experiencing issues with addiction and/or mental health. They help 1,000s of people and if you would like to share their resources you can find them here:

Useful Reports

CITB – Learning to earning: Increasing FE learners into Construction

The CITB have carried out this research to better understand the barriers to further education (FE) learners joining the construction industry and to outline potential solutions.

Through this research, they present new evidence on the motivations of different types of learners on construction courses and the challenges they face, to inform CITB’s work to help bridge the recruitment gap between FE and the construction industry.

To read the report please click below

Click here to read the CITB Learning to Earning Report

CITB – Building Skills for Net Zero

The UK, Welsh and Scottish governments have underpinned climate change commitments with a legally-binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

This presents a huge opportunity for construction businesses to meet new demands through a new set of skills and services – as well as add value to their people, their clients and their communities.

Our latest comprehensive research ‘Building Skills for Net Zero’ has used the Climate Change Committee’s data to define a skills route map for the UK construction industry, which identifies the roles and expertise teams need to meet the requirements for the UK, Wales and Scotland.

To read the report please click below

Click here to read the CITB Building Skills for Net Zero

CITB – Construction Skills Network – Labour Market Intelligence Report

The South West’s annual recruitment requirement of 2.6% per year, is the strongest across the UK and means an extra 32,000 new workers are needed between the end of 2020 and 2025.

To read the report please click below

Click here to read the CLC Industry Skills Plan

CITB – Construction Skills Network – The Skills Construction Needs

As the country emerges from the most extraordinary time in its post-war history, this Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecast is more positive than the most fervent optimist would have imagined 18 months ago.

To read the report please click below

Click here to read the CLC Industry Skills Plan

CITB – CLC Industry Skills Plan

This plan outlines how CITB will work to solve core skills needs by ensuring there is high-quality training and development to build an industry that is a great place to work, with clear routes of entry and progression to attract and retain talented people.

To read the report please click below

Click here to read the CLC Industry Skills Plan

CITB – Business Plan 2021/2022

This one-year Business Plan builds upon two documents from 2020 which signalled our intent to focus on fewer priorities and maximise
their impact.

To read the report please click below

Click here to read the CITB Business Plan 2021/2022

CITB England Plan

CITB have published their plan for their work in England and to support English construction employers with their skills needs. This is their England Plan, sitting alongside the wider GB plan, explaining in more detail the support they will provide for construction employers in England over 2021-22 and to support CITB’s overall strategy for 2021-25.

To read the report please click below

Click here to read the CITB England Plan