The construction industry is still suffering from a shortage of skills, despite the recession.
That’s according to the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) fourth annual skills survey.
The report found that 72% of respondents believe there is a skills shortage in construction, with 67% believing that the shortage of apprentices is the biggest threat to the future skills agenda.
Insufficient education about construction at school-level was reported by 47% of respondents as the second-biggest threat to the future skills agenda, while an ageing workforce was underlined by 46% as the third-biggest threat.
The survey also revealed that:
66% feel trade skills are what the industry most requires
74% expect construction demand to either increase or remain the same in the coming year
43% are of the opinion that the construction workforce will continue to decline in 2010/11
66% think that graduates do not have the necessary skills to work in the industry when they leave university
63% of respondents consider a graduate internship scheme would be beneficial to the industry
49% believe that recruiting skills from outside the construction industry is necessary measure
61% of respondents observe that migrant worker levels have either decreased or remained the same over the past year
35% indicate that they have noticed domestic construction personnel moving abroad.