UK Construction week set to highlight skills crisis

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UK construction week is coming in two weeks and commences on 8/10/15 with trade stands for building innovation and trades which includes the Grand Designs live shows which are on 10/10/15 for two days the shows preview is available here.

With the governments plan to build a northern powerhouse with the HS2  linking the north to the south and more tradesmen are needed to help build the infrastructure and houses around the new project.

The careers center at the show will concentrate on the skills shortages and help apprentices and workers link up with employers that need new recruits and to offer advice and guidance how to get into the building industry tickets are free you just need to register.

Nathan Garnett, show director commented saying : “With £125bn of public sector and infrastructure projects in the pipeline, the demand for skilled workforce is set to create even more employment opportunities in the years to come.

“The Career Centre at UK Construction Week will be a really useful source of information for visitors looking to take advantage of this booming work market.”

Willmott Dixon is one of the major industry names exhibiting at the show.

And Chief Operating Officer at the residential construction business Charlie Scherer warned that contractors must do more to attract new talent.

He said: “At Willmott Dixon we have a network of construction ambassadors that are inspiring new generation of young people eager to pursue a career in our industry.

“While we train 250 apprentices and graduates a year and with one in 10 of our people on the project side of the business in active management training, we are just one part of a solution and more must be done on a bigger, more consistent scale to ensure we attract the numbers of new people required to meet the industry’s growth opportunities.”

Richard Morey, Group Events Director at Media 10, the event company producing UK Construction Week, said: “Our aim for UK Construction Week is to help support the growth of the construction industry nationwide and a massive part of that is the work we’ve put into the show’s content focused on skills and apprenticeships.

“We have planned practical workshops and seminars around hands-on business management as well as learning new skills to equip the industry with the workforce it needs to prosper.”

UK Construction Week will be the biggest construction trade event the UK has seen in years, taking place at the Birmingham NEC with the trade only days from 6 – 8 October, the event will unite 1,000 exhibitors with an expected audience of 55,000 visitors.