The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has
called for more training so that those looking for graduate
construction jobs can help the industry meet its shortfall in
In a survey by the membership body, 77 per cent of respondents said
they had experienced a shortage of skills, despite the recession
and lack of demand, while 76 per cent agreed that there should
mandatory graduate apprenticeships on public projects.
According to Michael Brown, deputy chief executive of CIOB, the
construction industry has been "notoriously bad" at recruiting
graduates which may lead to an even greater skills shortage later
He said: "There is no denying the importance of graduate and
apprentice recruitment as these employees represent the future of
John Simpson, an expert writing in the Belfast Telegraph recently
said that too many graduates in Northern Ireland lack skills in
construction, leading to a gap between the country's economic
performance and that of the UK.
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