Skills Data Platform

A data-powered solution to the construction industry skills gap

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SkillsPlanner, a major new initiative aimed at solving the construction skills crisis, will shortly launch having gained £1.36m funding from Innovate UK and the backing of key construction businesses and industry leaders.

Developed by Ethos, SkillsPlanner is a live, user-friendly, open data platform that will allow employers, construction skills trainers and other stakeholders to share the information they need to plan for and meet the training and employment needs of the industry.

This two-year initiative will focus initially on the London construction sector. SkillsPlanner will integrate past, present and future skills data, sourced in partnership with Crossrail, HS2, Thames Tideway Tunnel, CITB, Association of Colleges, Further Education colleges and London councils, with academic support from the University of Plymouth.

All members of the consortium will collaborate on action research projects to rigorously test how the SkillsPlanner model benefits job brokerage, skills training, employer recruitment and local authority provision of skills initiatives.

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Press coverage:

Article about Skills PlannerConstruction Manager 24 March 2015

[toggle animation=”fadeInUp” title=”Goals” open=”0″]To make a positive, lasting difference to the provision of construction skills through –

  • Developing a user-friendly, live and accessible skills data platform that will make linked, open data available to stakeholders (on a macro and micro scale) to enable targeted employment and training planning.
  • Testing the SkillsPlanner platform through four use cases: brokerage, training, employers and councils.
  • Creating a collaborative partnership to work on the use cases and data platform.

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To use open data to solve the challenge of matching construction skills training to actual employment needs.
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  • Better planned and more informed training that meets future industry needs.
  • More skilled people available to meet employment demands.
  • A reduction in the construction skills gap.
  • Lower unemployment and consequent reduction in benefit costs
  • More economic activity in the construction sector.
  • Proactive collaboration between industry employers, local authority planners and training providers leading to more relevant training and employment interventions
  • Happier, fulfilled individuals with access to sustainable careers.


In collaboration with »


Thames Tideway Tunnel

Camden Council

Islington Council
Westminster Council

Greenwich Council

Ealing Council

Association of Colleges


Constructing Excellence


Good People
Plymouth University