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Post-Brexit skills crisis could force construction firms under

Posted in Latest on Feb 27, 2019

Fears are growing that UK construction company failures will soar post-Brexit as contractors struggle to cope with intensifying skills shortages.

The results of a recent survey make grim reading as firms confirmed their reliance on EU labour and highlighted a lack of confidence in a new generation of domestic workers filling vacancies.

The survey revealed that 27% of companies had a site workforce made up of more than half non-British EU migrants. And 71% of companies said they would struggle to operate without EU workers. One said bluntly: “If we have no access to EU labour we will not remain in business.” And one firm warned: “We are refusing work on the basis that we will struggle with resources for the work post-Brexit. The reduced work force will drive up costs, prolong projects, impact on health and safety of workers because we are losing experience and it will also affect quality of work and the final product.”

More than two-thirds of the 400+ firms quizzed in the survey said they did not believe the Government understood the impact of its actions on construction. One said: “Brexit will force the country, and particularly the construction industry, to do what they’ve been able to avoid doing for the last 20 years; invest in, create and promote apprenticeship programmes and decent vocational training schemes for young people.” *

CSP support the UK construction sector by delivering vocational and compliance training and have access to European & UK Government funding to support such activities. We also run courses for the long-term unemployed, providing them with the basic skills they need to be safe and productive for construction sector employers.

Source: Construction Enquirer