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Director of BRE Academy Pauline Traetto

‘Director of the BRE Academy Pauline Traetto shared her views at UK Construction Week today about the need to evaluate the construction industry’s skills at all levels in response to a convergence of challenges currently hitting the sector and forcing it to change the traditional methods and processes it has been used to for several decades…

We need to get a comprehensive picture of the UK’s true construction skills gap from senior leaders down to sub-contractorsPauline Traetto

Construction currently contributes £92 billion a year to the UK economic output with almost 3 million people working in the sector. Growth in the domestic market and unprecedented growth in developing countries means that a talented, engaged workforce is critical for the future.’

‘We need to get a comprehensive picture of the UK’s true construction skills gap from senior leaders down to sub-contractors. This is why we are working with CITB and other professional bodies on a skills survey with the diversity of respondent types so all sector workers are represented.’

‘We are aiming for a large sample of diverse respondents, this will help us establish an accurate understanding of what skills are in short supply and what skills are needed for the industry now and in the future. Specific focus will be on skills for delivery of: low-carbon and highly sustainable assets that bring value to owners and occupants, projects transformed by digital design, advanced materials and new technologies, and buildings that perform at optimum design levels.’

‘The survey will also explore the issues around the poor public image of the construction industry, the lack of gender diversity at all levels and how best to establish clear and appealing career pathways for young industry entrants.’

The survey is now live . Results will be made available in March 2016 at Ecobuild.

Linda McKeown
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Head of PR at BRE

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