Training for the Future of the Construction Industry

Training for the Future of the Construction Industry

21st December 2017

Here at Safety Fabrication we’re always interested in developments that affect the construction industry, particularly when it comes to training and education.  We like to bring news of this type to the attention of our readers as it’s only by promoting the type of education necessary for a career in construction that we’re going to solve the skills crisis that the sector currently faces.  We’ve written about the apprenticeship scheme several times, keeping our readers up to date with what’s going on, the benefits of taking on an apprentice, etc.  Over recent weeks, we’ve been covering the new T-level qualifications that are being brought in which will enable 16 – 19 years olds to achieve technical qualifications suitable for several sectors, including construction.   We’ve stressed how important it is that industry experts are involved in delivering T-level training in order for them to be a success.

This is an opportunity for anybody and everybody in the industry to get involved with helping to ensure that we have enough skilled construction workers for the future.  The construction industry here in the UK is likely to struggle in the wake of Brexit and we desperately need these young people to be trained in the skills necessary for the sector as a whole to face the post-Brexit years with confidence to make sure our industry remains one of the best in the world. 

Colleges with links to employers offer students a broader view of the world of work and this is a key issue when it comes to improving careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in colleges according to a recent report by the National Foundation for Education Research ((NFER).  The input from employers into education of young school leavers and the development of their skills for the workplace is vital to the UK’s productivity and to the government’s new Industrial Strategy which was announced last month.

The report by the NFER also recommended that young people are given “meaningful learning experiences about the world of work” by linking up with employers and encouraging them to become involved in students’ education at all levels.  Schools and colleges need to collaborate with employers and industry leaders in order to deliver a successful careers offer for all young people here in the UK.

We all need to do more here in the UK, across all industries, to raise the hopes and aspirations of our youngsters and then instil in them a work ethic and responsible attitude that will allow them to take industry forward to a brighter future.  The construction industry itself has been changing dramatically in recent years as a result of the development of new technologies and materials.  This is being led by digital technologies which are not only modernising the industry, but also making it a safer sector in which to work.  Now is the time to seize the moment and take advantage of this momentum to make sure that the construction industry in the UK doesn’t suffer as a result of Brexit.  The UK is desperately in need of new housing for the future so there will be plenty of work available in the coming years, we just need to make sure we have the workforce and necessary skills to play our part.