RICS calls on construction firms to help tackle skills shortage and homelessness

An innovative approach to solving a skills shortage in the construction industry could see homeless people helped back in to work.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is calling on construction firms to provide routes into employment for young people who have experienced homelessness, by offering training-led programmes, adapting their working practices and supporting back-to-work schemes.

It comes amid predictions the UK construction industry will create 190,000 jobs by the end of 2018, but it is already struggling to fill some roles.

RICS has launched the A Home for Cathy campaign, which aims end homelessness by uniting businesses.

RICS regional director Lynn Robinson said: “It’s important that employers in the construction sector tap into hidden talent pools, and instil or adapt various working practices to give vulnerable young people the best chances of gaining and staying in employment.”