‘Spotlight on… the next generation’ launched to tackle the skills shortage and encourage young people into the industry

This campaign will address the skills shortage in the construction industry and encourage young people to become the next generation of construction workers.

According to Arcadis, Britain must recruit 400,000 people each year until 2021 in order to meet the country’s housing and infrastructure needs. With an ageing workforce and Britain’s imminent exit from the European Union putting a question mark over the future of EU workers, it has never been more important to encourage young people into the industry to fill the skills gap.

A survey by the Considerate Constructors Scheme to nearly 800 industry professionals from the UK and Ireland revealed that 85% would now recommend a construction career to young people, while 53% said they knew young people who are, or could be interested in a construction career. However, 69% said the industry is not doing enough to attract the next generation of workers, which is where the ‘Spotlight on… the next generation’ campaign comes in.

This campaign brings together the latest innovative and best practice examples, and a wide variety of resources including Ivor and Honor Goodsite that can be used by anyone in the industry to help address the skills shortage, as well as links to a number of organisations who can help to facilitate youth engagement and meet Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) targets.

There are also a range of case studies from a variety of contractors and organisations who are doing great work to entice the next generation into the industry. The case studies include contributions from leading contractors: Balfour Beatty; Engie; Gilbert-Ash; Hobson + Porter; Kier; Laing O’Rourke, Mace, McLaughlin and Harvey; Midland Metro Alliance and Wates as well as industry organisation and Scheme Supporter Class of Your Own.

 Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive, Edward Hardy said:

The shortage of new entrants in to the workforce is one of the most pressing issues facing the construction industry. With over 400,000 new recruits needed each year to deliver construction projects we must all take steps to attract the next generation.

While we do have a great industry, one that is working hard to improve its image – as evidenced by the fact that 85% of those within the industry would recommend a career in construction – we need to do so much more to continually improve our standards in order to drive the perception change much needed to make the industry more attractive.

The Scheme’s Best Practice Hub is at the epicentre of helping to share best practice across construction. Through the ‘Spotlight on… the next generation’ campaign, we are delighted to use our reach and influence across the entire industry to help provide key resources to address this critical issue.

Click here to read the Scheme’s ‘Spotlight on… the next generation’ campaign.

The Scheme will continue to update the resources available and would be very interested to hear more from the industry on this issue, including further examples of best practice and case studies. Email enquiries@ccsbestpractice.org.uk to send in suggestions.