SMEs are vital for the growth of the UK economy, they make up to 99% of the private sector business in the UK, with a fifth of these operating in the construction sector.
Not only do these firms have the ability to support economic growth in local areas, they also provide work for 15.6 million people in the UK each year.
However, many small companies struggle to grow, as business owners can sometimes lack the management and entrepreneurial skills to match their technical abilities.
For example, a highly skilled roofer or cladding installer, who can put his or her hands to most trades on site, many struggle with Cash Flow forecasting, employment legislation sales pipeline management, purchasing and other essential business disciplines.
There are many organisations that can provide business support and advice to help companies through this.
Signpost 2 Grow Business Support
At Signpost 2 Grow we can help you navigate through the maze of business support that is on offer. We provide up-to-date knowledge on regional and national business support schemes which saves you time and effort.
To find out more about all the free advice we offer visit our How Can We Help page.
Signpost 2 Skills
Signpost 2 Skills has been designed by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP to connect businesses, training and education providers to develop the workforce of the future.
Businesses need an appropriately skilled workforce in order to grow, but there are clear recruitment gaps in the market.
Young people do not know what opportunities are available locally and what skills may be required to access them. We therefore want our young people to have access to the information and advice they need in order to make positive choices to support our economy.
To find out more visit our Young Entrepreneurs page.
The Entrepreneurship Foundation
Set up by Saint-Gobain in association with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), The Entrepreneurship Foundation make a real contribution helping small businesses to grow and develop.
The initiative provides free training, one-to-one mentoring and support to small construction firm. Training focuses business and management disciplines, as well as exploring the growth opportunities in sustainable building techniques and products.
Supporting over 200 growing businesses in the next five years that have the potential to employ thousands more people and grow successfully by accelerating small business growth, businesses will be able to meet the demands of an evolving, dynamic and innovative construction industry.
To find out more please visit our Saint Gobain website.
The support and funding they offer will help companies to improve skills, increase their competitiveness and respond to challenges such as the low carbon agenda, reducing costs on site and recruiting the best talent.
To find out more please visit our CITB page.
Regional College, other training and apprenticeship programmes.
Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) have started their High Degree Apprenticeship scheme that provide relevant, cost effective work-based learning, that allows collaboration between employers, apprentices and the University.
This scheme reduces graduate recruitment costs and develops the right skills you need in your workforce.
To find out more please visit our Anglia Ruskin University page.
West Anglia Training Association (WATA) offer a range of training and apprenticeship opportunities to those in the construction or engineering industry.
Training in Engineering/Construction is a minimum duration of 2 months (100 hours of work experience). It is a short training programme design to give skills and experience to progress to apprenticeship or to paid employment.
The course allows you to improve your skills, build your confidence and experience working in an engineering/construction environment.
Furthermore, there is a Construction Operations Intermediate Apprenticeship available for those who wish to pursue a career in construction. It is an 18-week course that is spread over 2 years and allows you to learn valuable skills like kerb laying, paving, laying and testing draining systems.
Similarly, there is also a Higher Operations and Maintenance Intermediate Apprenticeship that covers Level 2 Construction Diploma Highway Maintenance and a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations – perfect for those who want to pursue a career in construct or civil engineering.
To find out more visit our WATA page.
Peterborough Regional College offer a comprehensive range of courses within the construction sector. From introductory plumbing and construction to joinery and electrical installation PRC offers something for every part of the construction sector. There are also construction apprenticeships at both Level 2 and Level 3 so apprentices can both learn and refine their skills and knowledge.
To find out more please visit our Peterborough Regional College Page.
The Construction Industry Helpline
The helpline provides a 24/7 safety net for all construction workers and their families in the UK and Ireland. It is a charitable service funded by the industry for the industry and provides emergency financial aid to construction families mid crisis, advice on occupational health and mental well-being, as well as support on legal, tax and debt management matters.
To find out more visit our Construction Industry Helpline page.