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Construction plea for roles on ‘Shortage Occupation’ list

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  1. Ive come from a carpentry back ground and with reference to upskilling a pre existing teams most building companies prefer to keep tradesmen as trades. In short they dont support professional development and attitudes need to change.

  2. As part of senior management remit, they are to look forward and plan for the companies future business and its requierments.

    They are then supposed to implement plans to ensure the companies sustainability and security for the future is assured.

    With Skills this would have been , ensuring the skills required are highlighted and fit with the business plan, in particular where the skill sets are short, training and plans to eliminate the short fall should then have been put in place and implemented to ensure the continual viability and security of the company.

    To attract further new people to there companies they should have looked at incentives, packages and salaries, as business men are quick to point out, supply and demand generally sets the trends for costs. With limited numbers of labour available in the UK, then the industry has to make itself more attractive than other sectors, this will ensure they can compete in the labour pool available in the UK and attract the right people.

    Unfortunately construction companies, don’t look at this. The only reason the construction industry is short of labour is due to the industry itself not investing in its own Industry, its not up to goverment to ensure the correct skills are available to sustain construction companies, its up to the companies themselves, to ensure there company has everything it needs for its future business model !

    For the industry to state there is a shortage of 18 occupations (which doesn’t leave much left) seems to me that the industry has forgotten to plan and invest in its own future.

  3. If the politicians (of all parties) stopped using the construction industry as a political football, and gave workers secure jobs instead of seeing them as casual workers, young people might see the industry as a future prospect for themselves.
    Additionally, when employers finally wake up to the fact that they ALL need to train apprentices, instead of waiting for someone else to do it, they may have the ‘Skilled’ workforce they keep saying they need.

  4. The construction Industry needs to start training people of all ages in the UK and not expecting the government to bail them out. Just trying to get support to just attend training is awful. If you join a company you should be offered proper training. not in house certificates. then if they need to recruit from outside ok.

  5. As long as workers coming in from overseas do not get paid lower than a UK trades or professional person gets. We have had this situation with EU Nationals working for wages well below the UK average, thus taking UK jobs.

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