The lack of highly skilled or "fresh talent" available is of ongoing and, quite frankly, grave issue within the built environment.  

Whether I am working with a building material or construction business, I am frequently educating clients as to the advantages gained from researching and offering candidates from outside the industry - especially true in more commercial and operational orientated roles.  

When interviewing I am astonished as to the amount of resource employers from other sectors pour into developing staff.  I am often presented with a CV that reads "Left school after some formal training (GNVQ, HNC or Degree), joined a business who then sponsored a degree, masters, MBA etc.  A management development scheme was then set up and three promotions later, hey presto"  

I appreciate these individuals need to demonstrate value to employers investing in such schemes but, from what I often witness, their career development and diversification is monumental in comparison to those from within our industry.  

A lot has been reporting on the apprenticeship levy of late and so it was sad to read about the below study commissioned by YouGov.  In short, one-third of employers and nearly half of those employees interviewed admitted ignorance to the governments apprenticeship policies.

As worrying is the fact that 38% of businesses have no formal development plans in place and 64% of businesses in the built environment sector felt that the costs associated with external / formal training is prohibitive even though support is available.

And so, assuming you are a main decision maker in the industry, please, please, please spend five minutes reflecting on what your businesses policy to development is and does it deserve a place on your next senior management meeting?