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Construction Skills Network forecasts 2017-2021 - UK

According to the latest Construction Skills Network report construction output is expected to grow by 1.7% over the next five years, with 179,000 jobs to be created. 

  • Infrastructure accounts for 45% of 2017-2021 construction growth
  • Private homebuilding sector is performing well  
  • Wales, South West, London and North West will grow strongly; 
  • Scotland and North East will see decline
  • Job growth is due to be slower but construction will still need 35,740 new workers per year 

What does this mean for construction jobs? 

This means that demand for some trades will be higher than others. The jobs most in demand over the next five years in the UK are:

  • Non construction professionals, technical and IT staff – 5,240
  • Wood tradespeople and interior fitters – 3,850
  • Electricians and installers – 2,250
  • Other construction professionals and technicians – 2,240
  • Other construction process managers – 2,150 

What’s CITB doing to bridge the gap? 

We’re committed to helping construction employers deliver the pipeline of work faster, better and more efficiently. Using our evidence base on skills requirements, we will ensure employers can access the high quality training their workforce needs. 

We will also help construction attract and retain new recruits. Working with industry we’ve launched Go Construct, a web portal showcasing all of the great career opportunities available in our sector.

CITB is also improving our funding to employers, through a reformed grants scheme that invests in the most needed skills and makes it easier for companies of all sizes to access funding. 

How can you benefit? 

If you’re keen on building and want a fulfilling and financially rewarding career delivering some of the iconic projects in your area, visit Go Construct.

To find out how to access grants to train your workforce, visit CITB funding.

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