Bridging the skills gap: a regionally driven strategy for resolving the construction labour market crisis

Andrew R.J. Dainty (Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK)
Stephen G. Ison (Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK)
David S. Root (Department of Construction Economics and Management, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Publication date: 1 August 2004

Abstract

Econometric forecasts indicate that the UK construction industry faces a severe skills deficit in the foreseeable future. This paper details the results of a major labour market research projects, which canvassed the opinions of over 50 industry stakeholders within the East Midlands region of the UK. Focus groups were used to elicit the collective opinions of key clients, consultants, contractors, industry bodies and employers of all sizes. The key themes and requirements discussed by the participants are used to develop a conjoined strategy for bridging the industry's skills gap at a regional level. It is argued that this package of mutually supportive measures could provide a transferable strategy for addressing skills deficiencies in other regions, particularly given the espoused government aspiration to devolve labour market planning activities to provincial forums and regional development agencies.

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Citation

Dainty, A.R.J., Ison, S.G. and Root, D.S. (2004), "Bridging the skills gap: a regionally driven strategy for resolving the construction labour market crisis", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 275-283. https://doi.org/10.1108/09699980410547621

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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