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Fiona Boak. Humber EBP/Connexions Humber. The Sector. Breadth of industry: craft to professional Employment trend: stable and projected to grow 30% growth over last 10 years Key industry/sector within UK economy Major reliance on sub-contracting

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Fiona Boak

Humber EBP/Connexions Humber


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The Sector

  • Breadth of industry: craft to professional

  • Employment trend: stable and projected to grow

  • 30% growth over last 10 years

  • Key industry/sector within UK economy

  • Major reliance on sub-contracting

  • 95% of companies employ fewer than 5 people


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Facts & Figures

  • Accounts for 7% of UK workforce, 2M people employed

  • Output of £77billion

  • Sector has 210,100 enterprises

  • Industry will need to recruit and retain 88,000 trained people each year for next 5 years

  • Steady increase (28%) of those self-employed in sector (2000/2004) cf 1% growth in direct employment

  • 80% of workforce is male

  • Smallest occupational group: scaffolders; largest occupational groups: wood trades, managers, electricians, clerical, bricklayers


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Key Factors

  • Much activity fragmented and short term project based

  • Sensitivity of the sector to economic cycle

  • Low proportion of workforce formally qualified

  • Industry structure creates barrier to apprenticeship opportunities

  • Gender issues: currently women account for only circa 10% of total employment in industry


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Key Drivers

  • The economy

  • Need for improved performance

  • Innovation & new technology

  • Sustainability:

  • Legislation:


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Skills

  • Improved business performance via increased take up of training opportunities for existing workforce

  • Achieving a fully qualified workforce at all stages of construction process, it is estimated that at least 70,000 people a year need to achieve an NVQ Level 2 qualification by 2010 (industry’s own target)

  • Currently only 40% of new entrants are suitably qualified


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The National Picture

  • Industry will lose over 30% of workforce over next 20 years via retirement

  • Acknowledging skills gaps

  • Developing a multi-skilled workforce

  • Future challenges: finding suitably skilled staff, increasing sales, keeping up with legislation and regulation

  • Olympic build programme & Building Schools for the Future


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Yorkshire & the Humber

  • 183,213 employed in sector (ie 8% of those employed)

  • 54,953 are self-employed ie 30%

  • 87% of employers have fewer than 10 employees

  • Predicted 7.5% growth by 2011

  • Wood trades, managers and electricians: 3 largest occupational categories

  • Large, mixed-use developments will drive activity

  • Need for 6,090 new recruits a year on average


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The Humber

  • Increased growth in number of construction employers (2000-2005) +28.6%

  • Higher proportion of people employed in construction (6.3%) than region or UK

  • Substantial growth in employment in sector (2000-2005)

  • 11.2% of business units are within sector (12.3% ER; 8.2% Hull; 11.9% NEL; 12.4% NL)

  • NESS identifies construction as one of key skills shortage areas in within the Humber


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Further Information

  • http://www.guidance-research.org/

  • http://www.cskills.org/

  • http://www.citb.co.uk/

  • http://www.lmihumber.co.uk/


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Pathways for Progression

  • Developing the local picture

  • Up to date information on learning/ training pathways and providers linked to:

  • Labour market information: jobs/salaries/trends


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Pathways for Progression

  • http://www.aimhigherhumber.org/


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