‘UK needs you’ is skills mes­sage at gi­ant expo

BUILD­ING A FU­TURE: County con­struc­tion show aims to tempt more young peo­ple into the in­dus­try

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - RECRUITMENT & BUSINESS - by Trevor Sturgess

THE quest to tempt more young peo­ple into the build­ing in­dus­try is be­ing cranked up with the big­gest con­struc­tion expo staged in the county.

Con­struc­tion Expo 07, or­gan­ised by the North Kent Con­struc­tion Skills Project (NoKCS) and Busi­ness Link, is part of a cam­paign to bridge the skills gap and find an ex­tra 45,000 peo­ple over the next few years.

The Olympic Games, Thames Gate­way, hous­ing growth and other huge de­vel­op­ment projects will put a huge strain on the ex­ist­ing work­force, with se­ri­ous short­ages forc­ing em­ploy­ers to hire staff from abroad.

Glenys Gil­bert-Collins

of NoKCS said: “Our chal­lenge is to work with em­ploy­ers, train­ing providers and de­vel­op­ers to en­sure that the in­dus­try and the peo­ple of Kent have the chance to de­velop the skills and pro­fes­sions that are needed to share in the ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able.

“Con­struc­tion Expo 07 is a great way to do that and to find out what is go­ing on lo­cally.”

It will be held on Wed­nes­day, June 27, at The His­toric Dock­yard, Chatham be­tween 8am and 4pm, and brings to­gether con­trac­tors, de­vel­op­ers, ar­chi­tects, sur­vey­ors, sup­pli­ers, town plan­ners and train­ing providers.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will con­tain three zones: To­mor­row’s World and Op­por­tu­ni­ties will show­case the latest con­struc­tion tech­nol-

Whether you are a plum­ber, plas­terer, builder or a builder’s mer­chant – this event is not to be missed

ogies, sus­tain­able meth­ods and ma­te­ri­als, sav­ing money and re­sources, waste man­age­ment, ten­der­ing and pro­cure­ment and op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered the 2012 Games;

Train­ing and Skills will fo­cus on job bro­ker­age, re­cruit­ment, train­ing providers, the Con­struc­tion Skills Cer­tifi­cate Scheme and skill demon­stra­tions;

Fit for Busi­ness will of­fer ad­vice and sup­port on health and safety, leg­is­la­tion and pro­fes­sional build­ing ser­vices.

There will be guest speak­ers and sem­i­nars on sup­ply chains, the Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Scheme (CIS), sus­tain­able con­struc­tion, new tech­nolo­gies, op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges.

Firms are be­ing urged to take part in the expo.

Busi­ness Link’s Kim Fletcher said: “Whether you are a plum­ber, plas­terer, builder or a builder’s mer­chant – this event is not to be missed.

“With over 50 ex­hibitors and 500 busi­nesses at­tend­ing, it is a great way to gain new cus­tomers and to de­velop and grow your sup­ply chain.

“Vis­i­tors can at­tend for free but it is a good idea to reg­is­ter as soon as pos­si­ble.”

The expo is backed by the South East Cen­tre for the Built En­vi­ron­ment (secbe), Med­way Re­nais­sance, Kent Thame­side, Swale For­ward, Med­way Coun­cil, SEEDA, and Kent County Coun­cil.

A free bar­be­cue and re­fresh­ments, pro­vided by City Loft De­vel­op­ments, are avail­able through­out the day.

Stand spa­ces for ex­hibitors cost from £100 plus Vat. Firms want­ing to book a stand or in­di­vid­u­als wish­ing to reg­is­ter for a free vis­i­tor place should visit www.eventskent.co.uk, con­tact events@busi­nesslinkkent.co.u k or call the Events Hot­line on 01732 878555.

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