Over 200 construction professionals gathered for the Inspire Summit, which is continuing to act as a platform for encouraging debate on diversity and inclusion in the construction sector.


Experts and industry leaders debated a wide range of topics from tackling unconscious bias and implementing inclusive recruitment strategies, to attracting a more diverse workforce for the future and building the business case for diversity and inclusion in the industry.

Not many people know what they truly want to do for a living once they leave school, or college or even in their 30’s. The vast amount of opportunities in the construction sector are not widely talked about and some may even consider it not a profitable profession, when in fact the demand for workers in the UK and worldwide is incredible, so much is going on in the world of construction it's hard to know where to start.

The construction industry is one of the largest sectors in the UK economy contributing almost £90 billion (6.7%), comprising of over 280,000 businesses and covering some 2.93 million jobs, 10% of the UK’s total employment figure (Department for Business Innovation & Skills, 2013).

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Think it’s not for you?


Everybody and everyone can get involved in construction, male, female, young and old. It’s never a bad time and there’s never a reason not to get involved, we can offer you full intensive courses to get you on the path to working within construction.

We offer courses ranging from bricklaying to painting and decorating, everything you need to kick-start a career in construction. There are many avenues you can go down in terms of what trade you choose to peruse. All of our courses are City & Guilds recognised.

There are a wide variety of courses here at able skills, why not take a full-length course and become a trusted tradesman or woman.


What can you do?


There was much discussion among panellists over opening up the industry, breaking down barriers, creating inclusive workplaces and retention of staff.

There was much discussion around attracting more young people into the industry, as well as how to educate teachers, careers advisers and parents about the breadth of career opportunities available in construction.

Getting young people into construction, is important to create the next generation of industry workers, but it’s down to you ultimately to get involved, put aside your nervous thoughts and doubts that its too hard and you would understand it, we can put you at ease and have tutors on stand by to ensure that you don’t get left behind and that you understand completely what’s being taught.

There’s no doubt in fact, that you will leave able skills with the complete understanding of your chosen trade.

You can choose from these construction trades:

Take a full NVQ Level 2 Bricklaying, Plastering, Carpentry, Decorating or City & Guilds handyman course with us. These 8-week courses will provide candidates with as much knowledge as is possible. Any candidate completing this course will find himself or herself entirely ready for building site employment, supported with a City & Guilds qualification and a route to NVQ level 2.

For more information about these courses or any advice on starting your career path with the help of us at able skills have a look through our website or alternatively, feel free to call:

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