BSRIA Diamond Group Forum
06 July 2015
I attended an event last month hosted by the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA), in which industry leaders (and me!) gathered to discuss a couple of pertinent questions for the construction industry:
- What can the government do to help the industry meet its carbon reduction targets?; and
- What can the government do to help get more young people into the industry (and plug the increasing skills gap)?
As you can imagine, these two questions triggered serious debate – a debate that has been ongoing for some time, and will continue for the foreseeable future. BSRIA plans to build on those discussions, eventually producing a white paper to be issued to the government. The key points I picked up included:
- If government wants the industry to change, it will need to legislate (i.e. force it to change);
- The government needs to stop changing its mind/policies/laws so that the industry can understand what it is being asked to do and then have the time to do it;
- The emphasis on pushing school children into University needs to be re-visited, along with the apprenticeships scheme, which has evolved from an educational and developmental programme into a cheap-labour resource;
- Construction isn’t “sexy” and we need to find a way to show why it is an exciting place to be.
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