Tackling skills shortages in the construction industry

BUILDING companies are being urged to consider alternative recruitment routes after warnings of a skills shortage hitting the sector.

The survey from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors found the shortages are holding back the construction sector, with 62% of surveyors citing it as an impediment to growth. That figure is up from 40% in 2012 when RICS began its quarterly UK Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey and industry bosses are warning the shortages could increasingly threaten plans to build 250,000 new homes every year.  

BuildForce is an alliance of construction employers, industry bodies and service charities which connects service leavers with job opportunities, as well as giving employers access to a unique pool of Armed Forces talent.

Companies who sign up to the alliance are asked to identify individuals within their organisation to act as BuildForce ambassadors, champions or mentors to promote the alliance, identify opportunities for service leavers and provide information, advice and guidance.

The group also provides service leavers with mentoring guidance on identifying transferable skills, training, constructing CVs, work placements and job opportunities.

The alliance’s southern group is holding an insight day on Monday, 27 November where leading construction company Taylor Woodrow and their alliance partners will meet with ex-military personnel who are interested in a career in the building trade to highlight opportunities available to them.

The insight day will focus on construction opportunities, both current and forecast, in the south of England. There will be opportunities for all ranks and skill sets and offers real potential for career progression.