Construction companies with young workers or apprentices will be better placed to recover when operating conditions get better.
This is according to Federation of Master Builders director Brian Berry, who noted firms might be reluctant to take on new employees until confidence returns to the market and more work becomes available.
He pointed out this could result in a “skills shortage” when the sector comes out of recession.
Enterprises with a trained workforce will “bounce back” faster than those that do not have any young staff members to replace the individuals approaching retirement, the specialist stated.
Marking National Apprentice Week earlier this year, Mr Berry argued it is difficult to imagine the number of trainee construction workers will grow without the industry becoming healthier.
The FMB called apprenticeships “the best way to learn a trade”, adding they also provide young men and women with employment opportunities and help a business to ensure it has the right skills in its workforce.