Construction boom to create 232,000 jobs

Construction boom to create 232,000 jobs

Major inward investment into new nuclear power stations and rail projects is set to create 232,000 jobs in the UK's construction industry over the next five years.

New research by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has predicted annual average growth of 2.5%, but has also highlighted the fact that the industry faces an ongoing skills crisis.

The board called for more apprentices to deal with the increase in business, such as new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point in Somerset and Wylfa in north Wales, rail projects including Crossrail and HS2 as well as more housebuilding.

Steve Radley, policy director at the CITB, said: "All types of training, and especially apprenticeships, will be vital to delivering this pipeline of work.

"This positive forecast should inspire more people to start apprenticeships, and more firms to take them on."

Workers most in demand are expected to include carpenters and electricians.

Employment minister Priti Patel added: "Today's report highlights the great opportunities on offer for people to take advantage of the three million new apprenticeships this government is delivering."

A total of 8,000 jobs are expected to be created over the next five years in Yorkshire alone.