More than 1,300 people have registered to attend a free careers fair this week, being run by Construction News and sister title New Civil Engineer.
Careers in Construction Live! takes place at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in Marble Arch, London on Friday and is free to attend.
As well as the chance for one-to-one meetings with some of the UK’s largest employers and projects, including Arcadis, Lendlease, Skanska and Highways England, there will be an extensive content programme.
There will be recruitment leaders on hand from 14 of the UK’s biggest construction organisations and Infrastructure UK senior adviser Keith Waller will be on hand to discuss the construction industry’s skills gap.
The National Infrastructure Plan for Skills, published by Infrastructure UK last month, set out concerns over the skills crisis affecting major sectors like roads, rail and energy.
Mr Waller will explore what skills and labour resource will be required to deliver the pipeline of construction projects, where the bulk of the skills shortage lies and the types of employment opportunities that will become available over the next five years.
Other confirmed speakers include: Dana Skelley, director of asset management for Transport for London; Rebecca Lovelace, project director for SkillsPlanner; Julie Thornton, head of HR, Thames Tideway Tunnel.
As well as hearing from industry leaders, there will be practical workshops on themes including job applications, CV writing, interview skills and professional development.
Delegates will have the chance to win £250 of Love to Shop vouchers and £500 of Thomas Cook vouchers on the day.
Major contractors including Skanska and Lendlease will also set out their recruitment plans for the coming year and there will be interview rooms and CV clinics available all day.
Headline exhibitors are Arcadis, Lendlease and Skanska. Other exhibitors include Balfour Beatty, Tata Steel and Thames Tideway Tunnel.
See www.celive.co.uk for full details on this Friday’s free careers fair and register free to secure your place.