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Skills shortages in construction trade

There is a shortage of skilled workers across the board in construction, take advantage and start a course now!


The report, by the Public Accounts Committee, found the number of apprenticeship starts fell by 26% after the apprenticeship levy was introduced in 2017 and, although the level is now recovering, the government will not meet its target of 3 million starts by March 2020.

What the research shows.

Construction desperately needs new workers in all areas from bricklaying to decorating. According to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the industry needs to fill around 168,500 new jobs over the next five years, and grow much more of its own domestic workforce, given likely limits on future access to migrant workers after Brexit.

Meanwhile, the sector is also being compromised in other ways, there are not enough young UK nationals taking up a construction trade. The ONS (Office for National Statistics) found there was a 13% increase in the number of workers aged 45 and over in the construction industry between 1991 and 2011, while non-UK nationals are younger (18% aged 45 years and older) compared to UK-born workers (47% aged 45 years and older).

It doesn’t matter what age you are, old or young the construction trade needs you! If you’re looking to start a career or even change careers completely and fill this gap in the market, we have the courses and support here at Able Skills to put you on the right path towards a successful career in whatever you choose from; Plastering, Carpentry, Bricklaying, Tiling, Painting and Decorating.

What else?

What’s more, it also puts the government’s house building targets at risk. In a survey of more than 400 house builders carried out by McBains earlier this year, less than half of respondents (48%) thought the Government target of building 300,000 homes a year on average by the mid-2020s is achievable.

The options for the government are either introduce different schemes to ensure the future of this industry sector is stable in terms of volume of workers in the long term, alternatively in the short term considering granting visa to skilled migrants that fall under the right criteria needed to bridge this gap between the house building targets and the lack of construction professionals. 

Why not fill this gap in the market yourself? Become a skilled worker with Able Skills!

Looking at these statistics it is obvious that people getting into construction trades at the moment will find themselves rewarded with an abundance of job opportunities, and will be rewarded for their contribution to the construction trade.

We offer many different avenues for somebody looking to gain a skill, get a higher qualification than they already have or get an introduction into a specific skill.

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