Chris Claydon, Chief Executive of the ECITB, said: “These findings reinforce the concerns that the industry is increasingly articulating. We must continue to work closely with employers to find the best ways to assist them to address these challenges if we are to be able to meet forecast demand on the sector in coming years.
“I hope this latest research will stimulate debate and discussion and help industry understand the nature of the challenge it faces. As the industry’s skills body, the ECITB will use these findings to inform our plans for assisting our companies to recruit and retain highly-skilled workers and to offer the skills training required to deliver the major infrastructure works we have in the pipeline.
“There is a pressing need to attract more young people, in particular young women, into careers in this exciting, innovative and well remunerated sector. We will work with the industry to highlight the benefits of a career in engineering construction and with education bodies and training providers to enhance the sector’s image with teachers and students. It is also imperative that the ECITB continues to offer the right skills training required by those already in work to help our industry compete both domestically and globally.”