As skills shortages are starting to bite in the construction sector, Libbie Hammond talked to Alasdair Waddell, recruitment specialist at Network Rail, about the lessons that can be learned from its highly successful apprenticeship scheme With the Government’s plans to reach three million apprentices by 2020 and the Department for
Peace Recruitment is warning that the skills shortage that has engulfed the construction industry is now spreading. The company maintains that there is a lack of skilled-candidates across the board in the UK currently and that companies need to invest in young, ambitious and hungry talent now to prevent this
Richard Threlfall, head of Infrastructure at KPMG UK, welcomed September’s National Infrastructure Plan for Skills announcement. He said: “This forces the construction industry to look beyond the current skills crisis to the long-term need to invest in its people, get serious about apprenticeships, and to re-train and diversify its workforce.