What We Do
We provide the construction industry with the skilled workers it needs, and provide people with the opportunity to work with major construction and infrastructure projects in their communities.
BuildLondon is the only London-wide, specialist construction industry brokerage, offering an unrivalled and unique network of partners – including contractors, employers, local authorities, colleges, employment support schemes and diversity initiatives.
We aim to support communities, promote diversity in construction and enable people to train, upskill or reskill in the construction sector to help address existing and future skills gaps. We work with training colleges, skills providers and apprenticeship schemes to promote opportunities for trainees, and can also work with Local Authority employment schemes to add value through workshops or specialist training.
BuildLondon works closely with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and JobCentrePlus. We aim to give careers in construction a greater level of visibility amongst communities through presence at employment and skills events and, by helping to promote a positive image of construction, to encourage greater interest in careers in the sector.
SkillsPlanner is an innovative approach to solving skills shortages, backed by some of the UK’s largest employers and industry leaders. A £1.3m EthosVO initiative, funded by Innovate UK and partners, SkillsPlanner will be a live, user-friendly, open data platform that will allow employers, skills providers and other stakeholders to share past, present and future skills data. SkillsPlanner will integrate and interpret this information to allow stakeholders to plan for and meet current and future employment requirements.
BuildForce is a UK-wide, collaborative, employer-led organisation that will address construction skills
shortages by identifying vacancies and offering targeted training and mentoring to service leavers and veterans. The Buildforce mission is to inspire and enable service leavers and veterans to pursue a career in construction and the built environment.
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In partnership to date we have achieved the following*:
3336 jobs advertised
751 local people into jobs
70 local people into apprenticeships
194 employment events attended
9287 guidance sessions undertaken
* figures include those achieved by the Crossrail brokerage
The Crossrail Legacy
BuildLondon was established to ensure that the original centralised brokerage service created by Crossrail in partnership with JobCentrePlus continues but on a wider scale.
Crossrail has created over 4,500 job for local and unemployed people along its route, and supported over 550 apprenticeships. The Crossrail jobs brokerage service, in partnership with the Dept. of Work & Pensions and contractors, has been integral to this success and developed initiatives to improve diversity and encourage more young and under-represented groups into construction.
As Crossrail nears completion, this brokerage service has converted to BuildLondon, led by Ethos, to provide continuity and sustainability.