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Construction growth means more jobs

4 Aug 14 Latest revised forecasts from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) suggest that 40,280 new recruits to will be needed every year to deliver expected growth and replace those retiring from the industry.

At the start of the year, CITB’s Construction Skills Network (CSN) survey forecasted that on the basis of 2.2% growth in industry output, construction would need 36,000 new recruits a year over the next five years. With growth now predicted to run at 2.9% over the period 2015-19, the predicted number of recruits needed has been raised nearly 12%.

CITB chairman James Wates said: “Skills are the oxygen of the sector and construction needs to invest in its workforce - upskilling those who already work in the industry and attracting new talented recruits to offset those who are due to retire in the next five years."

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