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Construction ‘needs training for future’

July 18th, 2011

Builders and civil engineers will need to be trained to ensure the construction sector is fit for purpose in the future.

This is according to CITB-ConstructionSkills chief executive Mark Farrah, who said forecasts indicate the UK will require at least 200,000 skilled workers in the sector in the next three years, in order to build the projects already on the country’s order book.

“Times remain tough for construction employers and particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, who are struggling to retain and maintain their workforce,” he declared, pointing out that 17,000 workers in the industry lost their jobs during the first three months of 2011.

Mr Farrah stated that the green revolution and emissions reductions targets will also necessitate an increase in skills and abilities, asserting that the Green Deal, which proposes to retrofit 14 million homes, will require a lot of work.

The expert noted that organisations such as his have a role to play in ensuring there is a workforce large and qualified enough to perform all these upgrades.

His comments follow the announcement of the 146 different successful bidders for £1.8 billion of housebuilding contracts by the Homes and Communities Agency.

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