Skills shortage in building trade is a ‘fantastic opportunity’ - 100 construction jobs here
13:47 18 January 2016
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.
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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