Skills shortage holding back offsite construction

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills says skills gaps and shortgages preventing development of modern construction methods

A lack of skills is holding back the industry’s shift to more modern forms of construction, a report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills has found.

The report concluded that skills shortages and gaps were holding back the shift to modern construction methods, such as offsite construction, which currently comprises around 12% of construction in the UK.

Helen Beck, research manager at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills said: “Technological change and the drive towards innovative and low-carbon building methods present a major opportunity to build quicker, to a higher quality, more sustainably and compete on a global market.

“Indeed, the global construction market is forecast to grow by over 70 per cent by 2025.

“Offsite construction requires skills that are different to those needed for traditional construction. In particular, offsite construction professionals need a greater understanding of the interaction between principles of design, construction, manufacturing and engineering. 

“If the UK construction industry is to exploit the potential of offsite, multi-skilling, collaboration and greater flexibility within job roles is crucial.”

The report found that:

The report is available to download here.

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