Ministers call on construction industry to invest in home grown talent   

Ministers have urged the construction industry to get more young people to consider careers in construction.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis and Skills Minister Nick Boles want the industry to look at whether current business models are holding back the industry from developing the skills it needs – and to consider new models of construction such as offsite manufacturing.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:

“Construction offers an exciting and rewarding career and we need to build a new generation of home grown talented, ambitious and highly skilled construction workers.

“The number of new homes is up 25 per cent in the last year – and this is further proof we’ve got the country building again and delivering the homes the nation wants. This means thousands of jobs are now up for grabs and we’re determined to make sure that there are enough skilled workers to get the job done.

The Construction Leadership Council has been called upon to review what skills the construction industry need to deliver the homes the nation needs.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said:

“The government is committed to getting Britain building. We are investing in measures to cut red tape and increase the number of young people doing apprenticeships and traineeships to ensure we have a pipeline of skilled workers.

“As leaders in the industry, the Council is best placed to advise on how to boost productivity in the sector and build the houses and infrastructure our nation needs.”

The Council has asked Mark Farmer, of real estate and construction consultancy Cast, to identify actions that will help bring more workers to the industry.

Views are being sought on how to best train a workforce which has a high level of self-employment and bring about greater use of off-site construction. The review will also look at how the industry can introduce measures that encourage more investment and new ways of working.