How Can We Affect The Skills Shortage?

How Can We Affect The Skills Shortage?

The problem we face affects both professionals and trades. About one fifth of all vacancies in the construction sector are persistent. Employers are struggling to recruit staff with the right skills, qualifications or experience.

CITB data shows that the overall appeal of the construction industry as a career option for young people is low, scoring 4.2 out of 10 among 14 to 19 year olds. It is wrongly perceived as an industry for people who do not get into college or university.

Parents reinforce these perceptions, pushing bright children to pursue a career in medicine, law or finance. But what about engineering, project management, quantity surveying or town planning? In order to respond to new developments in technology and to design and build adaptable places for our ever-changing world, our industry needs bright ideas and clever thinking.

This is compounded by the fact that only 1% of employers has looked to take on an apprentice or inexperienced staff member for training to ease a skills shortfall. The government has invested over £1 billion into training and apprenticeship schemes; however the schemes alone do not guarantee jobs.

Join us in 2018 where at Kent Constructing Excellence we will aim to support, promote and educate; encouraging younger generations to consider the construction industry as a career prospect. Our theme for the year will focus on the skills shortage and our events will include sessions where we’ll learn more about how we can effect change.

Register for our next event here

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