People & Skills Working Group

The Construction Scotland skills working group, known as the Scottish Advisory Committee, has strong industry representation and has a central role in feeding into the Industry Leadership Group to raise and address key skills and training issues. The main challenge now in a post –recession environment is around the availability and supply of new entrants and experienced workers into the construction sector to drive economic growth. The pace of change in the construction sector is rapid and it is crucial that the Scottish construction industry is armed with the necessary skills to contribute to sustained economic growth and productivity. The skills group will continue to work closely with our industry partners to implement our strategic plan and to meet the needs of this ever-evolving industry.



    • Strategic Leadership – The main priority here is to develop a common and united voice on construction skills at a strategic level, and to identify and address current and emerging skills needs to match supply with demand. This will include the delivery of action plans and CITB’s Joint Investment Strategy to successfully address skills issues with the Scottish Government and key strategic partners. 
    • Image, Recruitment and Apprenticeships – The group will work to ensure that talented people are inspired to join the construction industry. The aim is for 1,500 new Modern Apprenticeship starts via CITB and active engagement with 345 schools to promote construction careers. Strategic agreements will be signed and implemented with Skills Development Scotland and key partners to achieve this objective.
    • Training and Development – The main priority here is to increase the capability of the existing construction workforce through up-skilling and training. The Construction Skills Network research states that there is an annual recruitment requirement of 4,430 per year entering the construction industry over the next five years.
    • Industry Engagement – The main focus here is to enable the construction industry to be as efficient and effective as possible , by increasing the volume of training undertaken to drive productivity and economic growth.  This will be achieved through effective local partnerships to address specific skills needs of employers.


Ed Monaghan (Chair, Skills & Working Group / Mactaggart & Mickel)

Douglas Anderson (Gap Group)

Grahame Barn (CECA Scotland)

Neil Baxter (RIAS)

Iain Cameron (Glasgow Caledonian University)

Harry Frew (UCATT)

Jim Gilmour (ODC Ltd)

Vaughan Hart (Scottish Building Federation)

Gavin Hay (City Building [Glasgow] LLP)

Brendan Keenan (Dumbreck Decorators Ltd)

John Keenan (CITB)

Billy Kirkwood (RDK Construction)



Sandy MacGillivray (CITB)

Hugh McCafferty (CITB)

Donald McDonald (Donald McDonald Decorators Ltd)

Stewart McKillop (South Lanarkshire College)

John McKinney (NSCC)

Stuart Lyon (Scottish CASEC)

Ian Morrison (Forth Valley College)

Gordon Nelson (FMB Scotland)

Allen Robertson (CITB)

Ian Rogers (Scottish Decorators Federation)

Stephen Sheridan (Skills Development Scotland)

Ian Stirrat (SELECT)

Today's meeting

11 Jun 2015

Great discussion around efforts to encourage experienced workers back into the industry and to attract bright new talent into the sector

Ed Monaghan
Chair, CS Skills & People Working Group


Useful links


Construction Industry Training Board

Construction Skills Network - Scotland

Skills Development Scotland

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