New Initiative to Combat Skills Shortage in Construction Industry
According to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), there has been a steady decline of skilled workers being trained in construction for years. As the number of construction projects around the country increases and the number of skilled workers decreases as operators retire; the situation could become much worse.
According to PBC Today, there were less than 150 Level 2 Qualifications in the industry obtained in 2016. However, this low number is only half the problem. A survey carried out by the Constructions Plant-Hire Association suggested that 80% of plant operators were not hiring newly-qualified apprentices. The CITB has therefore launched a new three-year initiative to try and combat the decline.
This initiative will help to bridge the gap between the high demand for construction workers and the low supply of newly qualified apprentices. The shortage of qualified trainers in the industry also needs to be addressed, to increase the number of newly-qualified apprentices.
The CITB is working with other boards in the industry, and looking at proposals from construction employers, federations, and training providers to find the solution to this problem. The board and stakeholders are seeking to support any projects that could reverse the low numbers of newly-qualified workers.
Training more Skilled Workers in Construction
Furness College in Cumbria has a programme which could be key in providing a training solution to this shortage. The College apparently offers a “Construction Carousel” with the aim to give new students a taste of all trades in the sector.
This programme introduces students into different areas, including; of joinery, carpentry, painting/decorating, plastering, and brickwork. After trying all of these sectors, students are then given the choice of what one the want to pursue.
This programme is a great way of letting students try all construction sectors before they choose one to continue with. With these initiatives in place, it will certainly help to raise the number of newly-qualified students year on year.
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