Delivering Jobs and Growth


Skills and training

A major step change is required to provide hundreds of thousands of meaningful jobs for the 50% of young people who will follow vocational employment routes. 200,000 young people under the age of 20 left the construction industry in the first year of the recession.

Industry forecasts estimate that 200,000 jobs will be created in the construction industry by 2019. For the industry to deliver what is required, we must ensure that we increase the number of young people starting a career in the construction sector. The highly diverse construction and building materials sector can offer vast numbers of meaningful jobs while also increasing and enhancing our housing stock.

  • Work with industry to increase construction apprenticeships and meet the demand for 200,000 new jobs by 2019 in addition to those in design, manufacturing, merchanting and other professions that depend on the built environment

  • Introduce an extensive upskilling program to encourage continuous improvement across the wide and diverse construction sector. This could be delivered through on-site, night school and distance learning initiatives

  • Government, local authorities, LEPs and industry to work together with primary, secondary schools and colleges to encourage them to offer pupils detailed advice on vocational routes and apprenticeships as alternatives to A-Levels and university education

Useful facts
  • 200,000 young people under 20 left the construction industry in the first year of recession
  • The construction industry has lost 350,000 people since its peak before the recession; this does not include lost jobs in the wider sectors such as manufacture, transport, merchanting, planning and architecture