The skills gap in the construction has been widening over the past couple of years as the industry struggles with little help from the government to attract new workers.
Richard Carr is pleased to see an increase of women in the construction industry
An interesting article was published in the Daily Express last month which suggested that women could be the answer to filling the dire skills gap.
UK apprenticeships have enjoyed a huge growth spurt over the past five years, rising by 57%. However, this rise hasn’t helped the construction industry, in fact construction apprenticeships have fallen by almost a quarter with females making up just 1.7%.
Northern-based property developer Story Homes has taken encouraging steps to getting youngsters into the construction industry, writes development specialist Richard Carr.
Company ready to give youngsters a chance in the industry
Over the last year, Poole-based Richard Carr has aired his frustrations regarding the lack of skilled construction workers and the impact that it’s having on the sector as a whole. Richard believes that the industry needs to do more to make careers within it more interesting to youngsters and he is pleased to see Storey Homes doing exactly that.
The developer has recently opened up applications for its apprenticeship scheme, which will recruit 12 apprentices in both joinery and bricklaying across the north east, north west and Cumbria.
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 construction initative
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 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.