Well done Persimmons.
Whilst at UK Construction week last year I heard a fascinating talk by c-suite figures from the likes of Bam Nuttall and Wates. These large organisations have recently shifted their focused from post graduates to ex service people and those who left the industry during the crash of 2009.
With the pending Article 50 a lot of building product manufacturers and construction providers alike are understandably concerned about skill shortages. I myself have recruited many niche, highly educated central Europeans to work in plants in the UK. Shortlists are going to be shorter without the ability to do this in some instances.
More than ever manufacturers are fearful of losing talent. A prime example of this are two joinery manufactures I have recently dealt with in remote parts of the country. Both were looking for senior figures to drive change programmes but were wary of the character of person coming in. With craftsmen hard to attract both had spent time and money on long standing apprenticeship schemes. Clearly an exodus of such workers would have had a crippling effect on them.
My question to manufacturers is have you exhausted these connections (military and those made redundant) when looking to fill critical roles?
The Combat to Construction project, a skills programme aimed at retraining veterans in trades such as bricklaying and carpentry, starts in the north east A skills programme aimed bringing former military personnel into the construction industry has begun, with the first veterans starting work. The Combat to Construction project is a national programme that aims to increase the number of skilled workers in the country by retraining veterans.