Finding skilled workers has proven a major stumbling block for construction firms over the last couple of years, which has been a factor in the industry’s lack of growth.
A fund has been set up to help train new workers and now a recruitment website has been launched to help construction firms find tradesman through an app and web-based service.
Nationaltradesmen.co.uk acts in two ways; firstly it will allow operatives to search jobs and apply and secondly it will allow companies to find tradesman with specific skillsets.
The website has been built by tradesmen for tradesmen acting as a middle man for workers and employers for building sites and large construction projects.
Founder of the site, tradesman Gregory Nelson, hopes to solve a problem that he has struggled with during his time in the industry.
“As a tradesman I always struggled to find construction work in my local area so thought I would try to solve the problem by creating a website and app where tradesmen and companies can meet.
“Being a tradesmen I understood that if you were a tradesmen, you not only need to specify your trade, but the skills associated with that trade because not every carpenter does shuttering, and not every plumber is gas registered, that’s why we have put together a complete skills section for every construction job including what qualifications they hold and what CSCS card they have.
“Workers can use Nationaltradesmen.co.uk to build a profile of skills and qualifications that be updated as the operative progresses through their career, employers who are registered can search for tradesmen who are registered with us for free and contact them for free.
“Employers first three job postings are free and after the introductory offer they are just £5 a job.
“Tradesmen who are searching or applying for jobs do not have to pay though the website or apps”
Employers and workers will be able to search for and track jobs on the go thanks to a mobile app that accompanies the website. Available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon Apps and the Window Store, the app works in the same way as the website giving workers the chance to search for jobs in the area on the go.