A comprehensive study on new approaches to recruitment in the construction industry, which highlights the opportunities for industry to increase the number and diversity of the individuals it recruits, has been completed by CITB. The research also provides a view on attraction of a career in construction, while looking at perceptions and image of the construction industry from those working inside and outside.
CITB worked with Stace on some related research into how young people view the construction industry. Stace, one of the UKs leading multidisciplinary construction and property consultancies, with support from CITB and the Construction Youth Trust, published their updated Next Gen research in January 2022. The report looks at the challenges in the construction industry and what the next generation face in the current climate. Interviewing over 800 16–18 year olds across the UK the research has tracked the perception of entering construction for a career. The results highlight a challenge to the industry, which continues to suffer from workforce shortages and a government directive for industry to stop relying on overseas labour.
The report provides a step by step guide on how all parts of the industry can work together to sell construction to the next generation.
Marie Flinter FIS Skills and Training Advisor says “FIS have reported the skills and labour shortages in the sector and will continue to monitor the situation, but it must be recognised, as this report does, the construction industry needs to change in order to attract and retain the people to build. The number of workers that can prove they have the requisite qualifications available to the finishes and interiors sector is estimated at 50% of the current workforce. Annual Recruitment Requirements for the sector across all occupations is estimated at 5735 per year for the next five year and that is just to stand still. If you are considering recruiting this report is definitely worth the time it takes to read.”