The greatest challenge construction faces over the next five years will be recruiting the required number of people to fill the increasing amount of vacancies.
Construction vacancies recently hit a 20-year high and competition for talent, from other industries, will be tough.
To tackle the skills gap employers will need to refresh the way they recruit staff. Attracting fresh young blood will present new challenges.
CITB’s recent report Rethinking Recruitment, showed that just two percent of people surveyed considered construction their preferred industry of work.
Other industries are perceived as more attractive.
However, construction has a lot of strengths and it is an exciting time to join the industry.
To help meet the skills challenge, CITB will collaborate with employers, training providers and governments to attract more people into construction.
We will ensure they can access first class skills and training and will highlight the diverse, career opportunities available.
You can see the range of work we’re committed to in our Business Plan which was published in May 2022.
The plan outlines our three core challenges which are: responding to the skills demands; developing the capacity and capability of construction training provision; and addressing future skills needs. It also shows where we will invest over £233m in UK construction during 2022-23.
To view the Construction Skills Network report, please visit: https://www.citb.co.uk/about-citb/construction-industry-research-reports/construction-skills-network-csn/