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
April/May 2021


We are currently working on our Industry Update which will come out in early May. If you have any news you would like to share please contact

Dawn Chamberlain

by Thursday 29 April.


Schools have advised us that they have a preference for virtual half or full day activities. Therefore we are organising a number of days in the first two weeks of July.

If you would like to be involved in half or full days, and require further information, please contact

Dawn Chamberlain

As soon as possible.


Our Construction Job Shop is one of our most visited pages on our website, please send through any vacancies or training opportunities in the Greater Exeter area to: Jennie Linzell in order for us to include and promote them.

Partner Updates
May/June 2021


In accordance with the Building Greater Exeter Steering Group Governance, every two years the private sector seats are up for renewal.

An expression of interest was sought from all private sector project partners and we’d like to thank everyone that applied.

We are pleased to welcome Euan Stronge of Coreus, Michelle Cole of Midas, James Laughlin of SDS and Laura-Beth Massey-Caine of TClarke to the steering group.

They join Matthew Cousins from Apex, Phil Bailey from Bam, Kate Ellis from Kier and Danielle Haskings from Willmott Dixon, to complete the eight private sector seats.

We look forward to working with all of you to support the local construction sector.

We would like to extend special thanks to Charlotte Olver from Vistry Partnerships and Julian Phillips from Midas for their valuable contributions on the steering group to date, helping to inform and direct the project.


As part of our involvement with the Greater Exeter Construction Working Group, we have been working with Sharron Robbie of Devon Construction Training Provider Network, to create a comprehensive Construction Training Directory.

This directory provides information on courses in construction and the built environment in Greater Exeter, connecting directly to training providers. The aim of the resource is to make it as easy as possible for employers to find apprentices/trainees or courses to upskill their workforce and of course for individuals looking for courses in the local area.

The Construction Training Directory is now available and can be found here.


Over the last 12 months we have been working hard to produce many virtual resources to help schools promote careers in construction as it hasn’t been possible to visit in person.

They have recently included ‘Women in Construction’; ‘St Sidwell’s Point’ and the ‘Nightingale Hospital’. This week we launched a new resource which has been headed up by Carl Rimmer, an ex-Exeter Chiefs Player who now works as a Building Surveyor for Randall Simmonds.

Carl is also willing to participate in a virtual Q&A session with any schools that would like this support. We’d like to thank Carl for recording the videos and for giving his time to inspire the future workforce.

The videos have been sent to all the Career Leads at secondary schools in the Greater Exeter area and can be viewed below.

Carl Rimmer - Part 1 My Career
Carl Rimmer - Part 2 Key Skills for Life & Work
Carl Rimmer - Part 3 Motivation & Self Management


This week Building Greater Exeter have joined forces with Building Plymouth to host a Construction stand at the Which Way? HotSW Virtual Careers event, aimed at schools across the SW, as well as participating in live Q&A and spotlight sessions along with our partners Bam, Midas and Willmott Dixon.

In May we are promoting our resources to help schools promote careers in construction and the built environment at a Career Leaders event.

In June we will be attending STEMFEST a virtual event to promote careers in STEM careers, with further news to follow.

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