As in any other industry, the skills of managers and workers in the construction sector are developed in the course of construction activity itself. Industry staff at all levels becomemore skilled through their experience or through informal training as they do their jobs.
Formal training delivered by Further Education Colleges, private training companies, and Universities, also makes a critical contribution to the growth and productivity of the sector – particularly in preparing new workers for entry into the industry.
The capacity and capability of this ‘external’ training infrastructure is vital to the industry’s immediate and longer term futures. This research represents the findings from 189 quantitative and 40 depth interviews with organisations providing construction training including FE Colleges, private training providers and universities as well as a detailed policy and literature review.