Future Skills Crisis Emerging in UK Construction Workforce

Author: Rene Garcia

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According to a 2019 report from the Construction Leadership Council in the United Kingdom, the construction sector in the UK is changing. New technology, the status of the country within the EU, as well as demands of the built environment are forcing the industry to adapt. As a result, the image, quality, and productivity of the industry must change to create a sustainable future. Part of that adaptation includes ensuring that construction workers have the skills to fulfill future demands. 

Four Areas of Future Skills in Construction 

Digital Skills: There are a range of technologies already available, including: cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, robotics, and more. As such, the construction industry will require workers who are more digitally literate and collaborative than workers in the past.  

Technical Skills: Smart construction starts with the skills, knowledge, and behavior of workers involved in strategic planning, concept design, and detailed design. This includes the understanding of options that lend themselves to Smart Construction methodologies to enable and embed those processes in project decision making at early project stages. The range of skills and knowledge required includes design detailing, offsite engineering concepts, loading and assembly considerations, componentization, and the benefits of design standardization. 

Collaborative Skills: Collaboration underpins high performance and will be an essential skill necessary to deliver future Smart Construction projects. The construction industry needs to prioritize nontechnical skills and performance-enhancing behaviors alongside improved technical and digital skills to create positive, collaborative, solutions-based environments. Individual behavior is a critical influencing factor determining project success, whether for an alliance, enterprise, or any other form of relational contract.  

Traditional Skills: It is essential for traditional skills and knowledge to be maintained to ensure the construction industry can preserve and extend existing infrastructure and historic sites. There is an opportunity to continue to evolve traditional occupations and incorporate Smart Construction methods, materials, and techniques to enhance safety, quality, and productivity. 

Does Your Construction Supply Chain Have the Right Future Skills? 

When your suppliers, vendors, and contractors provide workers for your construction project, do you know that they have the proper training to fulfill the work? Creating a safe work environment requires more than organizational compliance with safety policies. Every individual within an organization must be committed and properly trained. However, qualifying and training every worker can be a slow and labor-intensive process. With Avetta’s supply chain management solution, you can qualify your suppliers down to the worker level. Avetta’s Worker Management solution makes it easy to verify individual worker qualifications and provide online training for faster induction and ensures only the right people are allowed to perform critical job functions. When you vet your supply chain partners, you reduce the risk profile of your supply chain, improve quality on construction sites, and minimize rework.

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