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06 July 2015 #Construction

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:

  1. What can the government do to help the industry meet its carbon reduction targets?; and
  2. 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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