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Lack Of Construction Workers Means Projects May Not Go Ahead

Posted: 04/09/2017

Whether you are looking for GWO working at heights training, or any other type of training for your construction workers, you may have noticed there is a shortage of workers.

Recently industry experts, One Way, who recruit for the construction sector, warned that HS3 was under threat because of the lack of workers available to complete the project.

The concurrent demand for workers for both Crossrail and the start of work on HS2 means the country is due to face a sills shortage if and when it goes ahead with HS3.

Paul Payne, managing director of One Way, said: “The existing rail workforce is already being stretched by a combination of skills shortages and an uptick in the number of projects being given the green light.

“These projects could probably be handled if they were happening consecutively, but it will be near-on impossible to meet demand if they are taking place concurrently.”

HS3 is the planned rail project that will see Hull and Liverpool connected by a sub-Pennine railway. The Government greenlighted planning for it back in 2014, and is citing it as a sort of ‘next stage’ to HS2, which will be essential for its Northern Powerhouse plans to be realised.

Both Liverpool and Hull are hubs for wind energy construction and this change could improve prospects for both areas. If they go ahead that is.

The start of HS2 construction has garnered significant criticism as it has been made clear that large swathes of ancient woodland, as well as people’s homes, businesses and even burial sites will need to be destroyed to make way for the new railway line. Proposals to instead run the train line underground have been dismissed as too expensive.

Locals have also complained about the disruption the construction will cause near their home.

The threat of a skills shortage in the construction industry has threatened to slow down a number of projects, with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors warning back in March that the UK’s £500 billion project pipeline was in jeopardy if the skills shortage was not sorted out.

They warned the situation was set to be exacerbated by Brexit, which has already seen many workers move back to mainland Europe and slowed the number of construction workers moving here as their rights to residency have not yet been clarified.

As eight per cent of UK construction workers come from the EU, the sector has to make up the short fall from UK workers or face being unable to meet growing demand.

A number of potential ways to make up the shortfall have been touted by industry experts, including making the sector more attractive to women and people from ethnic minorities.

Training and education may indeed be key as young people are more likely to be given opportunities to take up apprenticeships, which many construction companies are being encouraged to do.

There will also be the introduction of T-levels which should be a great boost for encouraging anyone who is interested in working in the construction sector to consider it earlier on in their academic careers.