The skills crisis within the construction industry has been well documented and it is not set to be resolved any time soon. According to industry research, the sector has to be prepared for the loss of 400,000 workers over the next decade, as they are expected to retire and with limited young recruits ready to take their place – without urgent action this crisis will continue.
Research from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) highlights just how tough it is to find skilled workers. In its UK Construction Market Survey for Q3 2014, RICS state:
“Across the whole of the UK, the main factors which were found to be limiting building activity were a shortage of labour, followed by concerns over finance and shortage of material. In particular, demand for bricklayers grew significantly on the previous quarter; with a net balance of 71 per cent of respondents now saying that they are in great demand (compared to 59 per cent in Q2 2014).”
The industry has to attract young workers and one approach is to provide training for those looking to enter the construction sector.
UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) state that employers are facing ‘talent poverty’ -with skills shortages across UK industry rising by 130 per cent since 2011. Nearly a quarter of vacancies are directly linked to those shortages, with employers unable to recruit sufficient numbers of competent people with the required skills, knowledge, training and experience to fill them.
Statistics presented by TS International Recruitment Consultants claim that:
- There are 87,000 degree graduates required – but only 46,000 produced
- There are 69,000 apprentices required per year – but only 27,000 per year currently qualify
- The industry need to DOUBLE the output
- Almost half of recruiters claim that engineering is the toughest sector to place candidates.
The Midlands Construction Summit taking place 20 September 2016 at Ricoh Arena Coventry, will seek to confront issues in attracting young workers and developing skills in the sector.
Tickets cost just £95 plus vat and include; entry into the Midlands Construction Summit, entry into the Midlands Construction Expo, parking, lunch and refreshments throughout the event.