Training and Attraction: How will the construction sector re-gather its workforce?
The Midlands Construction Summit is set to return to the National Conference Centre, Birmingham on 14 November 2017.
The Summit will be tackling issues around the future of the UK construction industry whilst focusing on three intrinsically linked key themes: People, Productivity and Pipelines. The conference programme will be tackling these key themes and exploring how the industry can approach and resolve these pressing problems through the experience and learnings from the prominent speaker line-up.
The construction industry is facing a skills crisis. The sector is braced over the next decade for a loss of 400, 000 workers as they are expected to retire and young people don’t seem to be running to fill the spaces they leave behind.
Research from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) highlights just how tough it is to find skilled workers. In its UK Construction Market Survey for Q3 2014, RICS state: “Across the whole of the UK, the main factors which were found to be limiting building activity were a shortage of labour, followed by concerns over finance and shortage of materials… In particular, demand for bricklayers grew significantly on the previous quarter, with a net balance of 71% of respondents now saying that they are in great demand (compared to 59% in Q2 2014).”
The industry needs to attract young workers to the flock, and one approach is to provide training for those looking to enter the construction sector.
UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) state that employers are facing “talent poverty,” with skills shortages across UK industry rising by 130 per cent since 2011. Nearly a quarter of vacancies are directly linked to those shortages, with employers unable to recruit sufficient numbers of competent people with the required skills, knowledge, training and experience to fill them.
Statistics presented by TS International Recruitment Consultants claim that:
• There are 87,000 degree graduates required – but only 46,000 produced
• There are 69,000 apprentices required per year – but only 27,000 per year currently qualify
• The industry need to DOUBLE the output
• Almost half of recruiters claim that engineering is the toughest sector to place candidates.
Taking place on 14 November 2017 at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham, The Midlands Construction Summit will guide and help the Midlands built environment sector to define their route map for grasping the strategic opportunities in a lively and structured way, allowing for plenty of input from industry leaders and their suppliers coalescing around a range of key themes. Tickets cost £95 + vat and include entry into the conference and exhibition, parking, refreshments and lunch - to find our more or to secure your place at the Midlands Construction Summit go to: www.midlandsconstructionsummit.co.uk