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Building Careers

Blog by Mark Rayfield, CEO

A survey taken by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has shown that chronic skills shortages are forcing 66 per cent of small construction firms to turn down new business due to a lack of resources[1]. The figures also showed that firms are resorting to outsourcing work to avoid abandoning projects.

When asked what could be causing the current skills gap, the FMB suggests a lack of apprentices and a perception of low wages in the industry could be to blame.

So how do we tackle this? One way we’re supporting people into work is by better engaging with local people in the communities in which we operate. Attracting new talent into the construction industry is a top priority for us, which is why we’re working closely with initiatives that support young people in local communities into training and employment.

We’re currently partnering with Street League, a charity which uses football to tackle youth unemployment. Through this partnership, we’ve offered 100 young people across Scotland the chance to develop key employability skills and build up their CV through various work placements.

This partnership is just one small step towards closing the skills gap, but if the industry continues to work together, and supports schemes such as Street League, we can improve the construction industry’s image and make the sector an attractive place to build a career.

[1] http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2015/08/19/two-thirds-of-small-contractors-turning-down-work/