Last edited 03 Jun 2021

A 10 point plan to overcome the construction and infrastructure skills gap

On 28 November 2016, contractor Laing O’Rourke published 'A 10-point plan to overcome the UK's construction and infrastructure skills gap.'


The report suggests that: 'The skills gap is one of the biggest challenges facing the construction and infrastructure sector. However, too much of the focus to date has been on analysing the underlying problems of the skills gap with insufficient emphasis on the solutions necessary to bridge it. ...[Laing O'Rourke's] direct employment model is mutually reinforcing: our employees enjoy continuity of work, benefits and investment in their ongoing development and we benefit from an engaged and retained workforce. This model and culture is focussed, sustainable and long-term.'

Laing O’Rourke’s 10-point plan to close the skills gap is:

  1. Flex the government’s planned Apprenticeship Levy and reduce delays to approval of ‘Trailblazer Apprenticeshipstandards.
  2. Create regionally-focused skills pipelines.
  3. Increase the availability of Russell Group university standard part-time degree apprenticeships.
  4. Review options for career-transitioning apprenticeships.
  5. Introduce GCSEs and A-levels in design, engineering and construction (DEC) disciplines.
  6. Foster collaboration between industry and government to deliver a broader range of improved careers advice for construction and engineering.
  7. Commit the industry to measurable improvements in diversity.
  8. Seize the opportunity presented by the creation of the new Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
  9. Support the creation of a single construction and infrastructure skills body - merging the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) with the Engineering Construction Training Board.
  10. Facilitate the ongoing professional development of a directly employed workforce.

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