I remember listening to an insightful talk at Construction Week some five years ago about the deepening issue of bringing young talent into our industry. There were a lot of interesting, highly valid ideas posed by the panel, which included CEO's and HR Directors from leading tier one contractors and consultancies.
Sadly it would seem that little have improved in the intervening time. In fact things have worsened. Clearly Brexit hasn't helped.
I'm currently in the throes of completing a Project Director role within the industry and it is abundantly clear to me that good people are being very well looked after and protected by employers. It doesn't help when the majority of the industry is experiencing a period of heightened demand.
Having subscribed to Pick Everard's newsfeed I read the below article by one of their Principle Project Managers with keen interest. Although their approach is not unique, it surprises me how few companies in the space have regional relationships throughout schools and universities network.
Although a generalisation, young people don't view construction as an appealing option. Worryingly, once you compound this with the fact that, often, parents steer those entering the world of work away from the industry for whatever reason - how the recession hits it, long hours and an unsophisticated industry all rank highly I suspect - we're in a real pickle.
Granted, Pick Everard's approach isn't going to solve any immediate problems with skills shortages, but at least it helps with a steady flow of future talent coming into your organisation.
And so the question is, which schools, colleges and universities can your HR department tap up locally and how can you engage with those students who're excelling within the STEM subjects?
Oliver Hatton Last week I was invited to be part of the Diana Award mentor scheme and present as part of their online work experience week, which helped young people start to answer that important question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. This was just one of many workshops offered as part of the Diana Award online work experience week. It was great that a variety of other sectors and industries were also involved such as the NHS, marketing and law.