Construction of large infrastructure projects such as the Mersey Gateway bridge are driving up construction employment figures

CITB forecasts 22,500 extra construction jobs by 2020

Figures from the Construction Industry Training Board estimate that there will be nearly 22,500 construction jobs created across the North West in the next four years, with employment in the sector predicted to reach 299,000.

CITB’s annual Construction Skills Network report predicts that over the next five years construction employment is likely to rise by 1.6% per year on average in the region, faster than the national rate of 1.1%.

The region is expected to see an annual average growth rate of 2.6% in total construction output between 2016 and 2020, slightly above the UK rate of 2.5%.

The infrastructure sector is likely to be the best performing in the region with an annual average increase of 5.6%. This is led by a number of current and new projects in the pipeline, such as work on the Mersey Gateway bridge, Anfield football stadium, the £290m 10km dual carriageway linking the A6 to Manchester Airport and the nuclear power station at Moorside in Cumbria.

Steve Housden, CITB sector strategy manager for the North West, said: “We can’t build the Britain we want without apprenticeships and the careers they lead to. That’s why we want these new statistics, showing solid, sustained growth, to inspire more people across the North West to start apprenticeships and more construction firms to take them on.

“We also want to attract workers who have left the industry to return, and upskill those in it, so we can deliver major projects and new housing faster and better.”

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This demand is all well and good. But we need to put the right people into certain roles. The first step to this is let’s stop this epidemic of making up 2nd rate site managers into project managers. The industry is awash with them and it’s one of the scandals of modern construction. And like with all great scandals it goes largely unnoticed right under people’s noses.

If we want better profit and safety then we need to move away from this EFM (established failure model).

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