Richard Carr, a Commercial and Residential Development Specialist, believes that a new employment initiative will help bridge the skills gap, which is currently affecting the construction industry.
The Open Doors initiative, which has been organised by the UK Contractors Group, the Scottish Contractors Group, the Industry Training Board, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Considerate Constructors Scheme, will aim to attract the country’s bright young minds into a career in the construction industry.
The industry is a rapidly expanding one, but as Richard Carr wrote last month, it lacks the skilled workers which will enable it to continue growing.
The initiative will hold ‘Open Days’ in Alnwick and Birtley next month, which will enable 16-24 year-olds to take a look at some of the country’s most exciting development sites and network with industry expects.
Initiative receives Royal support
The Duchess of Northumberland has backed the project and urged youngsters to take advantage of the ‘Open Day’. During her recent visit to a building project in the county, she took the opportunity to promote a positive message about careers within the industry.
The Duchess said: “I am delighted to be able to meet so many young people who are making their way in the construction industry with Galliford Try and Isos. These apprentices and trainees can, I am sure, look forward to a bright future in an industry which offers a wealth of career opportunities.
“Of course there are brick layers, joiners, electricians and plumbers but also a host of other jobs which people might not necessarily think of. In fact, one in ten people work in jobs related to the construction industry including architects, lawyers, financiers, IT specialists, safety experts, medical staff, human resources, sales and marketing. The opportunities seem endless.”
The economy needs the construction industry
Richard Carr believes that more initiatives like ‘Open Doors’ need to be created and supported by large organisations and the government to help keep up the industry’s growth.
He feels that the construction industry is a vital part of the economy and more emphasis should be placed on getting youngsters involved in it.
The construction industry needs to be made attractive to youngsters, who in all honest would rather spend three years drinking and partying at university. The construction industry offers fantastic careers, which are well paid. We need to get youngsters into the industry!