There is a growing skills gap for Construction employers in the Perth & Kinross area. The sector has been identified by Skills Development Scotland as one of the fastest growing sectors over the next eight years.
Locally, a range of factors has also meant that Perth & Kinross has secured a large number of construction projects with the A9 upgrades, Bertha Park community developments and new secondary school to name a few.
The sector, like many, has an aging workforce. It has also been reported that currently across the central belt, trades such as plumbing have a 37% skills shortage with painting and decorating not far behind with a 28% shortage.
Developing Young Workforce Perth and Kinross has been focusing on this sector to challenge these issues – working alongside employers and schools to encourage more young people to consider a career in construction. This has included numerous engagements between construction employers and local schools with a combination of short work placements through to longer commitments of time and staff to help deliver the Design, Engineer, Construct! programme in local schools.
WSP supports Kinross High School to deliver the DEC! programme over a two year period. DEC! WSP & Kinross HS
Balfour Beatty recently worked with 189 pupils from local primary and secondary schools to demonstrate how teamwork and planning can build a 15m long cable stayed bridge. Building bridges with schools
But more needs to be done to highlight construction as a career destination for school leavers. We can only do this with support from the construction industry. If you would like to get involved contact DYW Perth & Kinross and we will help you identify the best ways to work with the schools in this area.