Skills short­age is hit­ting coun­cil’s de­liv­ery of work

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

A short­age of skilled work­ers is im­pact­ing on the coun­cil’s abil­ity to de­liver the level of work re­quired.

Of­fi­cers at West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil have re­vealed they are strug­gling to re­cruit elec­tri­cians, slaters, roofers and rough cast­ers.

A re­port, which will go be­fore the coun­cil’s hous­ing com­mit­tee next week notes that the is­sue has “im­pacted se­verely” on the build­ing ser­vices depart­ment.

The short­age is de­spite a re­cruit­ment drive ear­lier this year.

The coun­cil is re­launch­ing the drive this month in a bid to fill as many of the cur­rent va­can­cies as pos­si­ble.

The re­port reads: “Build­ing ser­vices con­tinue to ex­pe­ri­ence prob­lems in re­sourc­ing suf­fi­cient skilled op­er­a­tives for this work stream (de­spite the re­cruit­ment drive) which has im­pacted se­verely on their abil­ity to de­liver the level of work re­quired.

“Back-up con­trac­tors for this type of work have been pro­cured, how­ever there is a lim­i­ta­tion within the ten­der award on the value of work they can un­der­take which is far be­low the level we would need them to de­liver to meet the pro­gramme.

“Build­ing ser­vices will con­tinue to drive re­cruit­ment to in­crease the num­ber of ap­pro­pri­ately skilled op­er­a­tives whilst pro­gress­ing the pro­gramme via cur­rent re­sources and ex­ist­ing back-up con­trac­tors.”

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