‘UK needs you’ is skills message at giant expo
BUILDING A FUTURE: County construction show aims to tempt more young people into the industry
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.
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 email@example.com k or call the Events Hotline on 01732 878555.