Ray Hutchinson, President of the Construction Employers Federation, spoke this evening at the Federation's Annual Dinner at the Culloden Hotel.
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.
The Construction Skills Register (CSR) is introducing new Plant Achievement Tests from 30 April 2018. The tests are being introduced to improve the standard and quality assurance of the CSR plant scheme and must be completed by all applicants for new, additional or upgrade plant cards. Renewals are not affected.
The second Construction Employers Federation (CEF)/BDO Northern Ireland Half-Year State of Trade Survey has revealed the books were full or nearly full for almost half of local construction companies during the second 6 months of 2017, albeit that this was down on the first 6 months of the year.