Construction Industry Training Board Supports the Modernisation of the Construction Industry
John Keenan, Partnerships Manager at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), discusses the latest Construction Skills Network forecast for Scotland and how BCTG Construct is aiming to address some of the persistent challenges facing the Industry.
Our latest forecast shows that Scotland’s construction industry is set for growth in most sectors over the next five years, with housing leading the way.
Public housing is set to experience growth of 3.9% each year for the 2018 to 2022 period, with private housing growing at 2.9%. Expansion in public and private housing is being driven by the Scottish Government’s target to build 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021. Repair and maintenance of existing buildings is also expected to grow, with a year on year average rise of 2.6%, and 1.7% for non-housing related work. The Winchburgh Village Development in West Lothian, and the Countesswells Housing Development in Aberdeen, are examples of projects that will be live during the next five years.
All sectors, with the exception of infrastructure, commercial and public non-housing, are expected to experience growth, with a projected 10,650 new construction workers required to meet demand.
Construction output in Scotland is projected to be stable during 2018 to 2022, at 0.1% average annual growth per year. Falls in infrastructure work will be mitigated by growth in most of the remaining sectors. In fact, if infrastructure was removed from the Scottish forecast, overall output would average growth of 1.4% a year.
A small drop in overall employment of 0.7% per year is expected over the forecast period. Despite this, an ageing workforce still means that Scotland still need thousands of new workers. In particular there is a demand for construction trades supervisors, logistics and civil engineers.
The blended learning content being developed through the BCTG Construct project will support the acquisition of skills in these areas. BCTG Construct are a consortium of educators, industrialists, and designers who aim to transform the way that construction-based training programmes are delivered in the UK. They are creating a blended learning programme that supports the construction industry to increase productivity, reduce inefficiencies and close the technical skills gap by offering site supervisors an anytime, anywhere learning experience.
The BCTG Construct project outputs will help address the associated need for additional skilled labour, particularly in the skills development of trades supervisors. This should lead to the development of a more productive construction workforce that fully meets the current and future needs of industry.
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