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BSRIA launches skills gap white paper

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BSRIA has launched its White Paper on ‘Bridging the Skills Gap’. The paper asked: ‘What does our industry need from Government to recruit new entrants, upskill the existing workforce and change the diversity of the workforce’?

The paper looked at how to: incentivise; communicate; build skills; start young; promote diversity and the next steps and was written by Jeremy Towler, Senior Manager, Energy & Smart Technologies, BSRIA Worldwide Market Intelligence, in July 2015.

It recommends that it is widely recognised that the construction industry has resourcing and skills issues. The root causes are;

  • too many in government do not have an engineering background and so are disconnected from industry;
  • schools do not start early on to inform students about engineering;
  • there is poor linkage between schools and further education through technical colleges and apprenticeships;
  • there is poor communication by our industry about what engineering is and the value it adds to our economy.

The paper was developed for BSRIA’s Diamond Group Forum 6/2015. BSRIA’s Diamond Group consists of a BSRIA network of senior executives.

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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