Investment in skills

Medium Schemes

The investments made by Local Highway Authorities in projects delivered through the Medium Schemes Framework, provides the opportunity for the Framework Community Board to work with the MHA Skills Community, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)and Institution of Civil Engineers Training Ltd (ICE) to address the looming skills gap in our industry as the demand for infrastructure projects increases.

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All Framework contractors have committed to delivering an Employment and Skills Plan (ESP) for every project. The ESP aims to bring new people into the industry by increasing the awareness of careers in the industry and creating local jobs. The ESP sets targets for increased training particularly across the supply chain by offering support from Framework contractors and the CITB to apprenticeships and training. A simple process map has been produced to guide you through the development and operation of an ESP.

The MHA has subsidised a programme of training, which has been delivered across the region by ICE Training. Training delivered this year has included courses on the NEC3 contract, and project sponsor role. New events include virtual learning module and  workshop on the comparisons between NEC3 and NEC4.

Working with Virtual College and sector partners, a range of blended learning, training and development opportunities is available – as well as resources to support professional development.

For MHA members, framework contractors and their supply chain:

go to http://mhaskills.virtual-college.co.uk and click on the Register button as a New User (some of the text on this page is a work in progress as we develop the functions of the lms)

You will be asked to provide details and a password to begin your registration onto the MHA lms – and receive your login details.

This will be your learner account. You will receive an e:mail confirmation with your learner account details. You can then access the MHA lms

Guidance on how to access the learning and development gateway is available in the Learning Management System user guide. You can download a copy here.