In­dus­try warned to lay skills foun­da­tions

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THE Scot­tish con­struc­tion sec­tor faces a ‘skills time­bomb’ if it fails to re­cruit work­ers to re­place more than 35,000 peo­ple due to re­tire in the next five to 10 years, says the Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Train­ing Board (CITB).

Labour mar­ket r es­earch, pub­lished by the Of­fice of National Statis­tics, shows that across Scot­land:

19%(equiv­a­lent to 35,389 peo­ple) of Scot­land’s con­struc­tion work­ers are aged 55+ and will re­tire in the next 5-10 years

25%(equiv­a­lent to 47,606 peo­ple) of Scot­tish con­struc­tion work­ers are aged 45-54 and due to re­tire in the next 10 to 20 years

One quar­ter of the Scot­tish con­struc­tion work­force is self­em­ployed and 23% (equiv­a­lent to 10,842 peo­ple) of those are due to re­tire in the next five to 10 years

CITB is en­cour­ag­ing em­ploy­ers to re­cruit from the emerg­ing pool of tal­ented young peo­ple who will be con­sid­er­ing their next steps af­ter re­ceiv­ing their Stan­dard Grade and Higher re­sults. Graeme Ogilvy, Scot­land di­rec­tor for CITB, said: “Al­most one in five work­ers is set to re­tire from the Scot­tish con­struc­tion in­dus­try over the next five to 10 years, so not tak­ing ac­tion to en­cour­age young peo­ple to join the in­dus­try – and in­vest­ing in the train­ing to up­skill our ex­ist­ing work­force – is no longer an op­tion.

“The con­struc­tion sec­tor is es­sen­tial for lo­cal and national eco­nomic growth, and to avoid the sim­i­lar skills cri­sis that af­fected the in­dus- try in the early 1990s we urge em­ploy­ers to act now.”

The data also shows that UK con­struc­tion gen­er­ally has a higher age pro­file than other in­dus­tries – 19% of the work­force is ex­pected to re­tire over the next five to 10 years com­pared to 17% across the whole of the UK work­force.

Last year, CITB pro­vided £78.2 mil­lion in grants to em­ploy­ers across the UK for train­ing, and sup­ported more than 17,000 con­struc­tion ap­pren­tices.

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