Keyskills is a new and exciting education initiative from the Keystone Group, delivered by Keystone Lintels, IG Lintels, IG Masonry Support, and Keyfix, that will help skill-up the next generation of bricklayers, enabling them to build a strong foundation for their careers.
Recognising the importance of fostering talent and addressing the skills gap within the brickwork sector, ‘Keyskills’ showcases a wide range of construction methods through free training support and materials. The initiative focuses on relieving financial pressures on education establishments to allow extra funding for the development and recruitment of bricklaying training courses.
Keyskills offers a diverse range of educational resources to support the recruitment and training process including training rigs and free products, tours of Keystone’s manufacturing facilities, training presentations from Keystone’s technical experts, awards and event sponsorship, free merchandise and equipment and more.
According to the Construction Skills Network, the UK needs to recruit 1,450 more bricklayers per year over the next five years to keep pace with building demands. But building to the requisite standard is more than a numbers game, particularly as poor brickwork has been the foremost issue on new-build inspection reports for the past decade. Therefore, instilling the right skillset in youngsters aiming to take up this most traditional and vital of trades will be essential to delivering properties that perform as designed.