The pandemic has changed every type of industry. Admittedly, the construction industry was among the least affected, however, it has faced its share of challenges, delays and restrictions. Yet, now in 2021 construction output is as high as ever!

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This year construction output across the country is set to rise 14% with experts in the industry suggesting that this level of activity will continue to rise another 6% at the start of 2022. This is obviously great news for the industry as a whole. The sharp recovery of big infrastructure projects, the housing market and home improvements has resulted in 82% of tradespeople experiencing an earnings increase since the start of the year!

What is causing this demand?

The activity within the construction industry is being fuelled by a few different sectors. Firstly, home improvements have exploded. People have spend more time at home over the last 18-months than ever and now 66% of homeowners are in the market for home improvements ranging from a new kitchen to painting and decorating and everything in between.

The change in construction activity from February 2020 - May 2021

Another aspect contributing to the demand is housing, as the country looks to complete its targets for the year after being delayed. Additionally, huge projects and new infrastructure is back on track. Main works on HS2, Europe’s largest construction project, with offshore wind and nuclear projects are expected to be the main drivers of activity next year!

What's holding the activity back?

No matter what kind of industry you work in, COVID-19 and the difficulties of the pandemic will leave their mark. For the construction industry it is currently a materials shortage. Supplies of key building materials such as timber, steel, cement and roof tiles have been scarce for months, while prices have risen across several materials.

Unfortunately, this delay in materials will not disappear overnight, in fact, the issue is causing material costs to rise by around 10% on average. Even materials sourced within in the UK are in increasingly short supply, particularly bagged cement. 

Take control of your earnings!

Tradespeople of all kinds are needed around the entire country. What does that mean? It means that you should be making the most of the situation. 10% of tradespeople have reported that they are now fully-booked for the next 6-months. The amount of work available outweighs the amount of skilled people. Which results in huge pay increases for those with the right knowledge and qualifications.

So, the is no shortage of work out there and earnings are up? The market screams of opportunity! Now could be the perfect time to become self-employed and develop your career. You'll always benefit from upskilling but taking an NVQ, for example, in your trade could elevate your career this year.

Interested in learning a trade?

Here at our training centre we have been teaching both construction and technical trades for over 20-years! We know what our students need from us and provide a fantastic learning environment. Our instructors are all experts in their respective trades and can guide you right from the start. From a novice with no experience to being ready to enter the industry with confidence.

We offer a complete range of trades and training courses. No matter what trade you are interested in, you can guarantee that we offer courses all the way from the basics to the more advanced qualifications. Check out our range of courses below, you are welcome to give us a call or visit us in person to learn more about how to start a career through training...

Get in touch now:

To find out more about the different Construction courses that we offer call us on 01322 280 202. Over the phone we are more than happy to answer any questions that you have about our training courses. We can provide advice on specific trades and how to achieve your personal career goals.

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a member of our team in person you are welcome to pay us a visit. Our office is open 7-days-a-week between 8:30 - 16:30!

No need to book an appointment. You are welcome to visit us unannounced. Whilst here we can even take you around our facilities so that you can see for yourself the great, hands-on training experience we provide for our students.

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