Skills to build
The report was prepared against a background of rapid growth in the construction industry, in particular in the South East, following a long period of decline resulting from the 2007 credit crunch which led to 400,000 job losses and the downsizing of training provisions.
The report found that, ‘Construction skills shortages are significantly affecting the delivery of projects across the industry … a surge in activity over the last year has seen firms struggling to find skilled labour to cope with increased demand.‘
It attempts to quantify the skills shortage in London and the South East by estimating the labour that will be required to deliver planned construction between 2014 and 2017, which it suggests will amount to £95.7 billion of construction output.
The report identifies a particular demand for managers, roofers, bricklayers, scaffolders, electricians, labourers and non-construction operatives and suggests that training providers are not offering the necessary qualifications. It suggests the industry needs a 51% increase in training provision if housing targets are to be met and infrastructure projects delivered.
- Incentives for the industry to provide training, embedded in public procurement practise.
- Incentivising young people to enter the industry, with better career advice and suitable pre-employment qualifications.
- Improving training, by; redesign training and apprenticeship frameworks, developing demand-led training driven by a transparent pipeline of future projects and reviewing the impact of proposed changes to the apprenticeship funding system.
This report came a year after Professor John Perkins’ Review of engineering skills, published in November 2013 which identified a shortage of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professionals and graduates and argued that increasing the number of engineers would help the UK economy.
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