This months edition wholly focusses on the skill shortage. A report from the CBI Education and Skills Survey 2015 says Business is responding to the skills challenge, but apprenticeship reform is critical. Yet the CBI criticise the apprenticeship levy on large UK employers to fund new apprenticeships, introduced by Osborne in the Summer Budget.
The construction sector continues to strive to resolve the skills crisis. The invent blog calls for a recruitment drive that reflects the armed forces approach, saying we must ensure careers advisors promote the sector to young people. The recent ArchiKids event is one example of how to engage youngsters in building design and construction.
Womanthology argue that construction is not just for the boys, saying we should also be looking to get more girls into engineering careers. A sentiment that Michelle Obama chose to champion in her recent visit to U.K.. In a recent debate by Building Magazine industry leaders urged firms to boost female staff. The recent Woman in Engineering day initiative will help in this drive, with many showing their support, such as the Bechtel team attempting a world record of the most people completing a jumping high-five. Another campaign is seeking to recruit soldiers into construction. If these campaigns fail then we could see the use of robotic bricklayers or simply construct with the aid of 3D printers, such as planned in Dubai?!