Growth and Opportunity
Greater Essex has a huge range of opportunities in construction trades and professions over the coming years. With well-paid, skilled and increasingly technical job opportunities in a wide range of trades and professions. A skilled workforce will help the area’s growth aspirations and leave a legacy for future generations. Spending on new construction projects of more than £1.9 billion per year is expected for the foreseeable future. To meet this anticipated demand a peak construction workforce of around 65,720 people is required in 2019 increasing to more than 67,000 in 2022.
The ‘Help Shape the Future of Construction Skills in Greater Essex’ event saw over 50 industry representatives and partners, including FE, come together to review the draft ‘CITB Construction Demand and Skills Analysis for Essex’.
Guests heard presentations on the opportunities arising from the North Essex Garden Communities; the South Essex Construction Training Agency; I-construct; and heard about the wider Skills issues across the South Essex Local Enterprise Partnership.
Demand and Skills Analysis
The main feature was a presentation from the CITB of the findings from their construction demand and skills analysis for Essex. This highlighted:
The report proposes recommendations that include:
Visit our sector page to access the full report and slides from the event.
In tables guests examined the report recommendations and were invited to join thematical groups (committees), as a platform for the sector, to continue working together to understand and address key concerns and barriers that the sector faces. These concerns and actions will be championed at LEP level, providing a voice for industry and skills, influencing funding and direction. The new thematical committees include:
Industry and key partners are invited to join the first committee meetings scheduled for the 2nd May 2019.