Bidders for major infrastructure projects will have to prove their commitment to developing skills to win work, the government has announced.
According to Construction News, from 1 April 2015, contractors will have to demonstrate their commitment to training within their bids in order to be considered for contracts on infrastructure projects worth more than £50m.
The Construction Leadership Council has been tasked with developing a clear definition of a good skills performance to allow contractors to demonstrate their own performance and commitment to skills.
Training requirements will also be written into contracts and they will be monitored by the government.
Contractors’ performance on skills and training requirements may be used to inform future procurement decisions, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said.
It will extend the skills and training requirements to lower value projects “when appropriate”, but procurers of smaller projects will be encouraged to introduce similar requirements.
HS2 Ltd has signed up to incorporate the principles into its next bidding process.
BIS said in the announcement that the requirement would boost apprenticeship and training opportunities and help plug skills gaps across the country.
Skills minister Nick Boles said: “Through apprenticeships and high quality training, this initiative will help make sure industry invests in the skills the country needs.
“We are giving industry a role in defining what good company skills practice looks like and I have asked the Construction Leadership Council to help determine the types of behaviours government procurers should look for.”
Commercial secretary to the Treasury Lord Deighton added: “This new approach to procurement will generate real and lasting change in the sector’s investment in people, helping to avoid skills shortages.”