CITB: Expect 25,000 new construction jobs in next five years

A forecast released today by the Construction Industry Training Board is predicting the creation of 25,000 jobs in the construction industry across the North West over the next five years.

The annual Construction Skills Network five-year forecast puts emphasis on large projects in the region, such as the £300m Liverpool2 container terminal at the Port of Liverpool and the £1bn expansion of MediaCityUK in Salford, which it said will drive growth of 2.5% each year from 2017-2021. This is significantly above the UK average of 1.7% growth.

The CITB is predicting high demand for traditional trades with an extra 3,450 carpenters, 3,250 electricians, and 1,900 bricklayers needed. There is also demand in white collar jobs with 550 architects, 1,000 process managers and 250 senior managers required.

The report identifies infrastructure as the North West construction industry’s best performing sector.

The CSN forecasts an annual average increase of 7.9% in infrastructure projects in the region over the five-year period. These include the enabling works for Moorside nuclear power station in Cumbria, the ports development at Liverpool and Wirral Waters, a six-lane toll bridge across the River Mersey and the HS2 rail development.

Commercial building is predicted to see an annual yearly rise of 2.3% until 2021.

The number of public non-housing projects in the pipeline is set to increase by 4.1% each year for the next five years. Work at the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University along with several other smaller scale developments are driving this steady rise in output.

The Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal is set to receive £434m of public sector funding which will expand transport infrastructure in Preston and South Ribble and allow the development of more than 17,000 new homes over the next ten years.

Gillian Brewin, partnerships manager in the North West at CITB, said: “Construction in the North West is well and truly booming and the outlook for the next five years looks prosperous. With so many new developments planned or underway, there will be thousands of new work opportunities opening up.”

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A multibillion pound for the redevelopment of a major part of Liverpool’s city centre has been unveiled by the city’s leading politicians, universities and hospitals.

The plans for the 450-acre Knowledge Quarter, which encompasses the University, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool John Moores University and the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital, with the resultant Health Campus, will see it become a world-class destination for science, innovation, education, technology and the creative and performing arts.

Among the highlights of the £2bn, five-year plan is Paddington Village, a 1.8m sq ft health, education science and residential development space on the site of the former Archbishop Blanch school, and a brand new Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool) railway station, connected to Liverpool’s underground network.


The rate of construction in Greater Manchester is unparalleled.


Liverpool Waters 5 billion i could go on and on and on !


There is also a rotating theatre planned for another part of Liverpool which will help make it one of the most innovative and creative places on the planet.

As yet there are no details for how quickly it will revolve or what happens if it spins out of control but the upshot is that people all over the world will know the district as being highly creative, sustainable and possibly digital too. And green.

By Spun

Bigger is not always better, nor is faster. There is something to say about pondering and taking your time. The rate of construction / approval in MCR comes at a price in my opinion. I am not one for city bashing but having spent numerous hours sat in traffic around the city centre, it’s not a pretty experience or sight.

By The dream

Liverpool is the city their all taking about , what is happening now in that city is very exciting!

By karl

Claiming that less development is better is embarrassing, Of course more is better, that’s the whole point. As for claiming that Liverpool is one of the most innovative and creative places on the planet, some people need to get out more.


@AF Here we go say something positive about Liverpool and they attack from down the M62….Jealous

By karl

We’ve been all over the world but we came back to Liverpool. It’s the most exciting city in the UK.

By Altmouth

@AF possibly from a purely economic point of view yes. But there is so much more to building sustainablle cities that are also a joy to live in. The countless stories that are inundated with comments from MCR residents, and people who work there, about the poor urban environment and impact that it has on their lives – whilst also destroying the city’s heritage at the same time – would beg to differ.

By The dream

While Manchester throws it up, Liverpool will always show it up .
Liverpool is one of the most cultured cities in the World

By Developer

Who’s jealous? Every thread on here gets inundated by delusional Liverpool fans, one of the most cultured cities in the world? Get out more, most people from Yorkshire have never even been to Liverpool and have no desire to go, even though it’s not that far away. Have you seen the rubbish being built around The Baltic Triangle and elsewhere? The council would love more building proposals, they just don’t get them.


Actually I seem to find most comments on here Manchester bashing.

By Anonymous

We get a lot of negativity from Manchester, which only propels us to speak our minds more clearly. As for people from Yorkshire coming here, you only have to look at the coaches parked at the Kings Dock coach park to see they do come to Liverpool and in considerable numbers. The word is spreading across the North that Liverpool’s a great destination. Many of them come by train of course from all points across the Pennines bypassing Manchester.

By Altmouth

@AF – the difference is it’s well planned rubbish that engages with the existing built environment – rather than everything screaming ‘look at me’ and having little, to no, regard for what’s going on around it.

By The dream

Most people from Yorkshire have probably never been to Ho Chi Minh City either…does that make it culturally void too?

By Jenny JL

How is Rotherham these days lol Yorkshire don’t make me laugh nothing going for it

By Dontmakemelaugh

@AF so you think people from Yorkshire don’t visit Liverpool?? Sorry but your completely wrong they come here in the coach loads to see our beautiful World Heritage City , and soon they will be boarding from our brand new shiny world class cruise terminal when it’s built to travel across the globe ,Liverpool is on the up and they don’t like that !! Well eat your heart out on a plastic tray

By Dontmakemelaugh

AF clearly stands for ‘Alternative facts’

By jk

Alternative facts? One of you fellow posters claims that Liverpool is one of the most cultured cities in the world! Also claims that it is the city their all talking about, you’ve no problem with these “facts”?


@AF, even you are talking about it, so something must be true!

By Man on bicycle

There are coachloads of people go to Bury market every week.I even saw one from Rhyl.It hardly makes it Florence.Liverpool is great, but does not need to brag about coachloads of people arriving from Yorkshire. That makes it sound like Skegness.Great cities don’t need to over egg the pudding.Would you hear a New Yorker say,’we had a load in last week from Omaha Nebraska’ ?

By Elephant

Bury? i think you will find that Liverpool have much more to offer than Bury!!!
Like i said Liverpool is on everyone’s lips even the negative one’s down them grubby Lancs


Of course it has more to offer than Bury.But bragging about coachloads from Yorkshire is a bit sad.

By Elephant

Another great and informative comments thread – well done all!

By Dennis Nails

Bragging no just replying to negative comments

By Dontmakemelaugh

Wouldnt you call constantly screaming about being ‘the second city in the UK’ over egging the pudding?

By L123

‘Place’ could be seen as starting off these spats as they see part of their agenda to promote Manchester but under play Liverpool. Then we come in to mention all the stuff that’s been missed about Liverpool, or to give constructive comments and a Manchester bandwagon comes in either subtly or less subtly to rubbish anything we say. Then it gets a bit nasty. Shame really, but if Place tried to give the full picture for Liverpool maybe we wouldn’t need to come in so much to fill in the gaps and the Manchester lot wouldn’t get so wound up. Wishful thinking maybe.

By Altmouth

I agree with you L123.I think my original point was misinterpreted. I was trying to say that Liverpool is too great a city to be over emphasising its attributes.

By Elephant

The only place in where Liverpool is on everyone’s lips is… Liverpool!

By ByeLiverpool

Its difficult for Place to be proactive here, given there is so much more going on in GM than LCR…

They’re different places with different strengths and weaknesses. We should respect that.

By Rooney

‘Place’ rarely give the full storey on Liverpool, and the commentaries are usually a bit biased… subtly biased, but biased.

By Altmouth

TBF Place generally tends to update its site with ALL big planning related developments in Manchester. Sometimes following the storey along two or three times at various stages. there’s no doubt there’s more developments to follow. But so many Liverpool applicants and developments so sail by without a look in. Probably why people are so vocal on these type of comment threads.

By Liverpool Loves

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