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Construction expert warns of ‘skills time bomb’ - continued

 

Possible Solution

Industry liaison groups tend to be populated by members who have their own specific requirements on the agenda and find it difficult to look at the bigger picture. It is important, therefore, to get representatives from the larger companies to be involved from Year One and not just coming along to recruit graduates. These firms could offer work opportunities to students on a part time basis during term time and full time during the summer holidays.

Many students currently work in minimum wage jobs that do nothing to enhance their career prospects - by offering the same rate construction firms could provide students with vital experience meaning more job ready graduates. Firms need to stop hiding behind insurance and health and safety issues.

Both sides need to work more closely on research that looks beyond materials to aspects of processes. The ability of Universities to do research is a critical factor for other industries such as medicine and information technology.

Moving forward

The time has come to have a good look at the whole structure of the industry. With 83% of work being executed by the UK’s top 150 contractors. These must take on new talent or enable their supply chain to do so, in order to ensure the industry’s future.

The boom and bust past has exposed the weaknesses that exist in the industry and reports from Latham, Egan and even the latest Construction 2025 have all said the same thing. Everybody is in agreement about what needs to happen – the question is how do we get there?

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Association Forecasts Housing Growth to Drive Construction Recovery

The Construction Products Association has published its latest forecasts and anticipates construction output growth of 2.2% in 2014 and 4.5% in 2015. The recovery will be led primarily by private housing in the short-term, with infrastructure expected to further boost activity in the medium-term.

The recovery will be led primarily by private housing in the short-term, with infrastructure expected to further boost activity in the medium-term.

Noble Francis, Economics Director of the Construction Products Association, commented: ‘The industry has suffered greatly over the past five years and earlier this year saw its lowest levels since 2001. Even with growth in the second half of this year, output is set to fall 1.5% for 2013.

However, our forecast is for construction to recover from 2014. Growth over the next 12-18 months is predominantly due to a surge in housing sector activity, which is benefitting from the Help to Buy scheme.

‘Help to Buy has clearly stimulated demand and led to increasing supply from house-builders. We forecast housing starts will rise 39% by 2015.’

In the medium-term, further growth should be provided by infrastructure activity, particularly from rail construction such as Crossrail, Europe’s largest project, and energy-related work including nuclear, offshore wind, and small renewables schemes.

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