Skills shortage in building trade is a ‘fantastic opportunity’ - 100 construction jobs here

13:47 18 January 2016

Construction workers on a housebuilding site, as growth in the UK

Construction workers on a housebuilding site, as growth in the UK's construction sector in December picked up from a seven-month low in November, boosted by a rise in house building and commercial work. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Almost 100 vacancies are currently being advertised in the building trade in Norfolk, as one industry chief says the “wonderful” industry is being hurt by a huge skills shortage.

New houses under construction. Photo: Yui Mok/PA WireNew houses under construction. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Jobs24 website is listing 97 vacancies in the industry, from apprentice bricklayers to a planning engineer.

Carpenters, foremen and spray painters are also wanted.

Saul Humphrey, regional director at RG Carter, said the regional construction sector was set for growth and was worried about skills shortages.

He said: “We must address the endemic skills shortages that threaten the industry’s sustainability. As demand increases, the limited supply of construction workers is already manifesting in substantially increased costs.”

Mr Humphrey said that since 2008, over 500,000 people had left the construction industry and almost a third of the workforce was now older then 50.

“We therefore find ourselves with an industry that has a real skills crisis, but one that also offers a fantastic opportunity,” he said.

“We need to sell the vision that construction is a fantastic, dynamic, exciting industry open to all applicants, not just for bricklayers and carpenters, but for quantity surveyors, structural engineers and project managers too.

“What we need is to reach out to a much broader audience and compete head on with the other sectors to appeal to the best applicants.

“We need to work much closer with academia and open our doors to everyone - whether they are unemployed, ex-servicemen, ex-offenders or recovering from a disability.

“It is fantastic that a new construction college is being constructed at Easton and Otley College, but we need to do so much more. Some contractors are investing in new apprentices and trainees, but too many are not.

“Construction is a wonderful industry that gives employees the real satisfaction of building something that will last for generations, be it an exemplary low carbon school, a hospital, factory or shop, or even perhaps a housing estate for our nation’s growing population.”

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  • I agree DWW25 I left the industry a few year back among others I've got no intention of going for reasons of low wages due to the influx of foreign workers and working standards have dropped substantially .The money now being offered is the same as was on the table years ago What incentive does that offer for young lads today?

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    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • The trouble is that not many younger generation want to work in the building industry - they want something either in IT or the media, even though they may not possess the qualifications for a job in either sector, whereas with the training on offer in the building industry, they could have an excellent career.

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    Mr Ed

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • My brother Charles died last Friday. Nice to see some good news in the paper. Glad trade is looking up after 7 years of waiting.

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    Robert Harbord Hamond

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • The construction industry is so cyclical. Speculative investment piles into projects, then when there is a hint of a downturn in the economy these capital projects are the first to be cut. Until we get rid of capitalism this will continue.

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    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • That's what I like to hear - an industry crying wolf because they have got a skills shortage. The answer is simple - don't keep laying your skilled workforce off because those people will leave that industry for good and young people won't even consider as a safe career choice.

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    Monday, January 18, 2016

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