Improving the industry

As an organisation that's committed to providing firms with the skills where and when they need them, and to developing the career prospects of construction and rail professionals across the UK, the ongoing skills shortages affecting the industry are a real cause for concern.

Thousands of professionals left the industry during the recession and never returned, and since that point construction has been afflicted by ongoing skills shortages which have only worsened as productivity has increased. To aggravate the issue further, around 20% of the current workforce is due to retire in the next 5-10 years, and there is nowhere near enough skills entering the industry to counteract the deficit.

Brexit is rapidly approaching. With 8% of the workforce made up of EU nationals, it's now critical that the construction industry finds a solution to the crisis before it's too late.

Reports have suggested that two-thirds of building firms have had to turn away projects because of a lack of resources, and the problem is only going to worsen.

That's why we've launched two campaigns, #GirlsAllowed and One Way into Construction.

#GirlsAllowed

#GirlsAllowed aims to tackle the chronic lack of gender diversity within the industry and encourage more women to pursue jobs and careers in construction. Currently only 10% of all roles - and just 1% of onsite positions - are filled by women, and this seems frankly negligent when we consider the extent of the shortages. Almost every other industry has looked to bolster its diversity levels, except for construction, and our programme aims to tackle that very issue. We're now looking to speak to schools and colleges, and engage with women to promote careers in the field.

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One Way into Construction

One Way into Construction is a broader campaign specifically aimed at youngsters who may not have even considered construction as a potential career of choice. We're passionate about improving the talent pipeline into the industry, and want to promote the development and earning potential on offer within the field. How many youngsters know, for example, that it's possible to earn more than £100,000 per year working in construction? Or that the skills needed by accountants and quantity surveyors are remarkably similar?

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Get involved

If you're interested in getting involved in either initiative or simply want to speak about your career options and development in the field then get in touch with Francesca Thorn on FrancescaThorn@oneway.co.uk - 02380 981605

If you would like to talk to us about our campaigns, email pr@oneway.co.uk.