The outworkings of the current material shortages and price increases in the sector mean that construction businesses are reporting once in a generation cost increases and pressures that, if left unaddressed, threaten sustainable businesses and, ultimately, jobs and livelihoods.
With the recession came a massive shift in employment numbers within the industry, as well as a massive drop-off in the number of construction related courses at further and higher education…
It is vital that this negative spiral is now reversed.
Northern Ireland’s economic recovery can only be secured with a buoyant construction sector at its core and issues ranging from apprenticeships to the careers advice and guidance given in schools and colleges must be high on government’s list of priorities.
As the certified representative body for the construction industry in Northern Ireland, the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) represents the interests of not only its member companies but those of roughly 65,000 skilled workers engaged within the wider construction sector. In the below ‘Work in Progress’ update, CEF Managing Director, Mark Spence, discusses some of the issues the Federation is currently working on.
We are delighted to announce the full shortlist for the 2021 Construction Excellence Awards!