Construction Employment in Perth & Kinross

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.

Examples include:

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.

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