Skills shortage in construction – building the future post-Brexit

The UK construction industry has a chronic shortage of skilled labour. Current circumstances risk making that shortage even more acute. It is widely acknowledged that the need to build more houses will increase the demand for labour. However, the supply of labour is likely to diminish as the UK leaves the EU and imposes stringent immigration controls on European workers.

The UCL Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, in collaboration with History & Policy, is bringing together a host of academics and industry professionals to discuss the current shortage of skilled workers in the UK construction industry and the significant risk this poses to planned construction projects.

Event: Skills shortage in construction – building the future post-Brexit
Date: Thursday 5 October 2017, 09.00 – 18.00
Location: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Placing the current situation in its historical context, the conference will consider how and why skills training has declined in the UK and the UK’s reliance on immigrant labour and explore how we have reached the present position.

Key themes will include:

  • Brexit and impact on status of current skilled workforce
  • The role of construction in identifying and addressing safety issues
  • The state and the construction industry
  • Technological change
  • Role of unions in protecting and advocating for skilled workers

Professor Alan Penn RIBA, Dean of UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment will give a welcoming address at 9.45 am. Other speakers include Gail Cartmail from Unite the Union, Fergus Harradence from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Paul Morrell OBE, Chartered quantity surveyor and former Chief Construction Adviser to Government.

A full programme of the event can be found here.

For further information or to attend please contact Rowan Walker on rowan.walker(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)ucl.ac.uk or 0203 108 8515.  Spaces are limited.