October 26th 2018
If construction is to deliver it will need more women
Employing almost three million people and generating approximately £100bn every year for the UK economy, the construction industry is vital to the nation’s prosperity. It is also one of the fastest-growing industries in the UK. However, women still make up a very small proportion of its workforce.
There is an ongoing housing crisis, but it is not clear who is going to build the new homes the country needs. While investment in construction projects continues to rise, the workforce does not appear to be growing as quickly. Too few apprentices and graduates are entering the sector, and finding suitable, skilled workers is a challenge. Women are woefully under-represented in the engineering and construction sectors, and it is affecting the economy.
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Construction leader calls for SME involvement in £420M sector deal
Incoming Construction Leadership Council (CLC) co-chair Andy Mitchell has called for greater involvement of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the government’s construction sector deal.
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Oil and gas and construction sectors to explore power of visualisation
The oil and gas and construction sectors will come together next month to explore how visualisation technology could change their industries.
Hosted by the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), the Visualising our World event will examine the current and future applications of tech in both sectors.
It will feature keynote speakers from BP and Morrison Construction, as well as representatives from a range of firms including Return to Scene, Oceaneering and Multivista.
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Could construction save the government £15bn?
Every year, re-offending criminals cost the government around £15bn.
It’s a sizeable hole in the public purse, and the Ministry of Justice is looking to construction to help close it.
In its Education and Employment Strategy report released in May this year, the MoJ identified the industry as a key sector to which prisoners could be integrated upon release.
This is because ours is a sector where demand for workers is already high – and could rise further following Brexit, according to the report.
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