According to the National Federation of Builders, Britain must now emphasise and encourage ‘homegrown’ talent within the UK construction industry.
The UK has two years to negotiate an agreement to exit the EU. Officially, the UK will leave the EU on the 29th March 2019. This is regardless as to whether or not an exit agreement has been made.
Therefore, the National Federation of Builders believe that, “securing an inclusive exit deal with the EU is fundamental to a prosperous future for the UK’s construction industry.”
This is due to the fact that the industry is facing a massive skills shortage. Specifically, 35,000 new workers are needed each year. This is to ensure that the UK can deal with current and future construction demands. However, with only 20,000 people signing up for apprenticeships in 2015, the industry risks facing a real shortage of workers.
Therefore, the Federation recommend that the government should work towards an exit agreement that will encourage British people to join the construction industry. Alongside this, they also feel that a flexible visa regime should be agreed for construction workers once Britain has eventually left the EU.
The chief executive of the Federation describes: “the construction industry is undergoing a major skills crisis and remains heavily reliant on skilled workers from the EU, who make almost 10 per cent of all construction workers in the UK.”
“That is why we need to foster home-grown talent and attract more people from all backgrounds to join a career in construction.”
So what do you think? Do you agree that the industry needs more ‘homegrown’ talent? Let us know what you think in the comments below.