Skills shortage in Ireland revealed

Craftsman carpenter team cooperating on building construction planning

The Build Up Skills Ireland 2030 study has highlighted both a skills and labour shortage in the built environment sector.

The Technological University of the Shannon found that the industry needs to recruit nearly 120,000 skilled construction workers and reskill more than 160,000 by 2030 to meet Ireland’s housing and climate targets. Even more worryingly, uptake of construction and engineering courses and apprenticeship enrolments have decreased.

Dermot Carey, Director of Safety & Training at Construction Industry Federation, said: “Addressing this challenge will require more diversity in the industry and a cultural shift so that more people see apprenticeships and traineeships as a viable and rewarding option. The construction sector has a vast array of opportunities to offer, but we need more young people to consider it as a career.”

For more, visit bit.ly/IGBC_skills

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