Clamor for Extra Staff Leads to Training in Construction Skills at Gloucestershire College


Published Date : Oct 22, 2014

Clamors for demand by house-builders in order to secure skilled construction workers have led to a number of students signing up to study a program on construction skills at the Gloucestershire College.  

As economic crash hits, the construction industry has been annihilated but the improvement of demand for new houses and construction continues in the overall sector. The sector has been frantically growing leaps and bounds to capitalize on the construction growth.  

As per the records of CITB’s Construction Skills Network (CSN), about 31,850 new construction jobs are set to be created in the South West in the coming five years. 

South West will see an annual output of 3.5 percent private housing growth, the highest so far as compared to the UK region which has the national average of 2.2 percent. 

The college’s interim head of the construction, Louise Humphries said since September, the construction department of Gloucestershire College has enrolled many students onto apprenticeships and different full-time courses, including 119 in plumbing, 131 in carpentry, and 306 in electrical. 

The college works closely with the local employers to ensure they provide the right skills that students would need to thrive in employment. The college has developed a range of GC Express courses in plastering, carpentry, decorating, and painting. These courses are planned for duration between 24 weeks and one year. 

In the New Year, the college is also planning to open the Construction School on Saturdays in respond to the high demand. 

Barratt and David Wilson Homes, Barratt Developments Plc in the U.K have planned to arrange for better sub-contractors in Gloucestershire in order to meet ambitious plans for further growth and development. Gloucestershire is open to hearing from larger companies to sole traders who can provide various trade services for domestic building sector. Some of the decided trades include decorators, electricians, plumbers, roofers, carpenters, dry liners, plasterers, decorators, painters, and bricklayers. 

A spokesman for Bovis Homes said, earlier in 2007 to 2008 the industry had cut off 40 to 50 percent of its staff members; however, for Gloucestershire, Bovis would confirm the staff of the industry.