Ok, no massive surprises in the below post if you have kept your finger on the pulse of industry news. Two points for me to raise on the subject; 1) I have heard how construction service providers are investing, often large sums, in attracting talent. Succession planning and filling critical project led roles continue to be the barriers to growth. Thousands of pounds is being invested in educating from primary school up in dispelling the stigma attached with the industry. Thousands more is pumped into convincing ex sector workers to polish off the hard hat and get back on site. 2) Within building products, and especially within technical / manufacturing roles, at least half my research is spent on attracting talent into the industry. Graduates from such disciplines as metallurgy, physics, industrial manufacturing and MBA's sadly see other sectors as far more sexy and advanced.
All I can say is good luck to such organisations as the CITB and @suzannahnichol and all those at Build UK. I look forward to hearing and reading more in the coming months.
More than two-thirds of the public would never consider a career in construction, a new survey of 2,000 people has found. The YouGov survey also found that more than half of the public view construction work as ‘strenuous’ or ‘dirty’, with just 11 per cent saying it was ‘exciting’. The industry has some way to go in tackling public perceptions about the value of construction work. Nearly a quarter of respondents (23 per cent) viewed construction work as creating ‘mess, traffic and inconvenience’. It also revealed that people do not see the industry as academically driven, with 41 per cent saying it was one the least likely sectors to require a further or higher education qualification. Build UK chief executive Suzannah Nichol said it was “no surprise” the survey found that a career in construction was not seen as attractive.