The Stace Next Generation Index has found that only 7% of the next generation (16-18-year olds) are considering a career in the construction sector, increasing the concerns of the growing skills shortage.
27% of the next generation feel their parents would discourage them for a career in the construction industry, which increases to 30% for females and 41% for BAME respondents.
The next generation are unaware of the variety of roles available within the sector with 41% and 25% stating they are unaware of a Quantity Surveyor and Building Surveyor, respectively.
Mark Reynolds, CLC Skills lead, said:
“The Stace Next Generation Index highlights the challenges our industry faces to secure the talent we need to fulfil our future ambitions. Last year, the CLC published its 2018 Skills Strategy and Action Plan. As part of our ‘Attract, Recruit and Retain’ approach, we are currently identifying proposals to increase awareness and show what great careers our industry can offer. We will ensure that these findings are reflected in that work, particularly the important data around attracting a diverse workforce.”