For three or four years this has been a hot topic within construction. Forced into letting high caliber skilled workers go during the recession, firms are now tripping over themselves for individuals with half descent exposure.
I have recently completed two senior Operation Manager positions, both part-site focused. Although not impossible, these were tough and took more than their average share of phone calls to source.
The amount of work currently in the north ("sheds" for distribution, industrial and PFI school projects to name but three) is staggering on its own. It is fast getting to the point of there being more chance of Britain winning the Eurovision Song Contest than a firm securing a Contracts Manager at a sensible cost!
Shock figures show that 67,000 youngsters started training courses for jobs in the construction industry in 2014/15 – but in that same year only 18,000 secured an apprenticeship. The numbers were discovered by construction union UCATT following a Freedom of Information request to the Government’s Skills Funding Agency. On average around 150,000 students a year start a course in construction and yet a mere 12 per cent get an apprenticeship. Even if young people can secure an apprenticeship the drop-out levels are close to 50 per cent.