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Brexit to Widen Skills Gap There is widespread belief within the construction industry that Brexit will severely increase the labour shortage as the supply of labour from the EU decreases. Following results from a recent survey, Anjni Varsani, Cost Manager at TowerEight provides an insight into why the UK Construction Industry needs to call for action to overcome the lengthening skills gap. According to the TowerEight survey, 82 percent of the respondents suggest Brexit will create a shortage of labour, indicating there is a firm reliance on EU migrant labour in both the skilled and unskilled areas. The research found that a failure to introduce government intervention around training and promoting awareness of the construction industry in schools were crucial limitations towards the UK construction worker resource.

Small to medium companies are impacted the most severely by skills shortages as it hinders the growth and development of their business. And the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that 98 percent of construction firms are SME’s in the UK (under 80 staff). Women in Construction account for just 12.4 percent of the current construction workforce, according to ONS. To overcome labour shortages,

the industry needs to attract a wide range of workers from both genders and all ages to develop a highquality output while giving them better training and development opportunities. Technologies need to be enthusiastically embraced for construction to become more productive and to govern new technologies through extensive research and development. However, the construction industry is too fragmented to push through such radical changes so quickly. The training and education system for the sector is described as “not fit for purpose” for the UK construction job requirements. The relevance of academic institutions is questionable in meeting skills gaps in the UK purely in terms of getting to the scale required. Government agencies should act and establish a strong support of construction workers and help achieve greater alignment between demand and supply requirements. Stronger partnering between educational institutes and

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