The Labour Forecasting Tool (LFT) is designed to help construction companies manage their labour needs and meet project deadlines .
The web-based application has been developed in partnership with Whole Life Consultants, the entrepreneurial arm of the University of Dundee.
It can also be used to quantify community benefits from development projects during and after construction – potentially useful in the planning process.
The only information required to use LFT is the project type, its value or gross floor area and start and end dates. Forecasts are provided on a month-by-month basis for 26 trades and professions, and are continuously calibrated as soon as new data becomes available.
CITB-ConstructionSkills commercial strategy manager Sandra Lilley said: “The LFT is an exciting development which builds upon our ability to forecast skills and employment needs. It provides users with real data which has been created based upon a sound methodology and backed up by actual project information which will ensure the skills and training requirement on construction projects are realistic.
“The LFT can generate tailor made reports identifying skills needs on a month by month basis. For example it could tell you how many roofers, plumbers and electricians you would need on a hospital building project, and when they would be needed. This has clear benefits in terms of having the labour with the right skills in place at the right time. We’re investing industry funds to help up-skill the workforce to meet future challenges and take advantage of business opportunities.”