The Government have been working in collaboration with a number of industry experts and leaders to create their vision for Construction by 2025.
Almost 100 delegates attended a debate in Westminster last week chaired by Peter Hansford the government’s Chief Construction Adviser.
At this debate they set out the joint industry vision for 2025. The vision being written on principles such as delivering projects ‘right the first time’ and working collaboratively with clients and delivery partners to drive value and achieve savings from the outset.
Peter Hansford commented:
“We can achieve this through developing a talented and diverse workforce within an industry which is inspiring to young people and one they wish to be a part of.
“We should be making best use of new technology too, driving innovation and building the UK’s competitive advantage in smart construction and digital design through the Built in Britain agenda.
“Ultimately, we can be an industry that drives growth across the entire economy.”
A forecast by Oxford Economics said that Construction contributes £90 billion gross value added to the UK economy (nearly 7% of the total), comprises over 280,000 businesses and accounts for 3 million construction jobs.
This is equivalent to about 10% of total UK employment.
The government’s vision is to promote Britain’s Construction capabilities internationally. We have a competitive edge and world-class expertise in architecture, design and engineering and British companies are leading the way in sustainable construction solutions, which are offering considerable growth opportunities.
With the global construction market forecast to grow by over 70% by 2025. Its positive news but how long will it be before it filters through to the jobs market and how will the industry cope given recent reports about skills shortages?