Growing construction business optimism signals opportunity to invest in training, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
The FMB was responding to the Markit Construction PMI data, published earlier this week, in which construction firms reported a boost in business activity and optimism, as political uncertainty stabilised following the recent election.
Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “Construction is recovering from last year’s instability as we go into the new decade. It’s essential that industry uses this opportunity to commit to training and upskilling. FMB research shows that more than half of builders can’t hire bricklayers and carpenters. Site managers are also in short supply.”
Berry concluded: “It’s National Apprenticeship Week and the government must use this platform to promote their co-sponsorship in apprenticeships directly to small businesses. With entry-level construction apprenticeship starts on the decline, as well as starts for young people, the government must make a commitment to supporting small businesses who do most of the training.”