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Construction skills shortage persists despite downturn

Four in 10 construction professionals think a skills shortage persists in the industry the latest survey by the Chartered Institute of Building has revealed.

Of 1,182 industry members polled for the CIOB’s third annual skills survey, 77 per cent thought there was a skills shortage in construction. Of those, 78 per cent felt that a loss of skills would hinder the industry’s recovery when the economy improved.

CIOB deputy chief executive Michael Brown said: “Construction has been notoriously bad at attracting students, and other new entrants, which has exasperated the industry’s long-term skills development.

“There is no denying the importance of graduate and apprentice recruitment as these employees represent the future of the industry. More than three-quarters of all respondents felt apprenticeships should be mandatory on public projects, which would help to encourage the employment of apprentices.”

The CIOB polled 1,182 construction industry professionals, 64 per cent of who described themselves as management.