The latest Construction Skills Network forecast suggests that an extra 200,000 new jobs will be created over the next five years as the industry expands.

The most recent UK labour market figures show that the number of people in work is increasing, but many employers in the construction sector are competing within a tightening labour market due to ongoing skills shortages with no clear answer on how to fill their vacancies.

There are now over 11 million people in the UK who have a criminal record, but many construction industry employers have faced varied challenges in accessing this vast potential talent pool.

About the Mind the Gap project

Mind the Gap is a ground-breaking initiative commissioned by the CITB to help develop employment pathways into the construction industry for people with convictions who are motivated to work; whilst also providing employers the necessary resources, support and training they need to confidently access this talent pool. The project is led by Beonsite, a division of Lendlease. The other partners are: Nacro, A Fairer Chance, Bounceback and Mitie Foundation.

What we deliver

  • The three year project will develop an infrastructure to design, test and deliver long-term construction training and support for over 400 businesses, and meaningful work opportunities.
  • Nacro’s Employer Advice Service is supporting the Mind the Gap project by developing practical guidance on recruiting safely and fairly, providing free operational support through our employer helpline, and delivering safer recruitment training to employers in the construction industry.

Get involved

To help shape our work over the next three years, please fill out this short survey telling us of your experience of employing people with convictions. The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please note only completed surveys will count towards our research.

If you would like further information on how to access the Mind the Gap free training and support please email: or call 0845 600 3194.