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Skill shortages prompting job fears in construction sector

Skill shortages prompting job fears in construction sector
Construction's recent positive performance could be hindered as a new report has highlighted the lack of young talent coming into the sector.

Research by the national training organisation CITB noted that a skills shortage in construction is putting a large number of jobs at risk. The company found that 42 per cent of firms within the industry are having difficulty recruiting younger workers with the right set of skills. This lack of new blood coming into the sector has meant that one in 20 businesses are worried that it could be conducive to them going bankrupt.

CITB has described this problem as a "timebomb" and that a skills shortage across the UK could result in 62,000 jobs being put at risk in the future. To combat this problem, the CITB has announced a partnership with JCB to encourage a new generation of young workers to come into the sector. The Construction4GrowthSkills Drive is aimed at making construction look more appealing to new graduates or school leavers.

James Wates, chairman of CITB, said: "With major projects such as the new nuclear build programme coming online in the next five years, now is the time to start sparking the imagination of young people and harnessing their talent for the future of the industry – any delay now could be putting the industry’s growth on hold."

The CITB official added that the organisation will be visiting schools and skills academies across England and Wales in the coming weeks which aims to show construction to be a "high-tech, world class industry with outstanding career prospects".

These recent figures are bucking the trend of the recent positive news from the construction sector. The latest Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index for the UK noted that there been a rise in both output and jobs with November's figure standing at 62.6 for November, up from 59.4 in October. Any figure above 50 represents growth in the market.

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Date: 10/12/2013 15:54:09

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