Over two and a half years since the collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive, local construction firms have made it very clear that a market recession is likely, if not already happening. This is the key headline from the latest State of Trade Survey, for the first half of 2019, conducted by the Construction Employers Federation.
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.
There is only one week remaining before the Construction Skills Register (CSR) removes all occupational assessments, including supervisors. From 1 September 2019 all new blue and gold card applicants will be required to hold an NVQ Level 2 qualification (or higher) relevant to the card holder’s occupation. Health and safety training will continue to be required.
The Construction Skills Register (CSR) is introducing two new cards, an Experienced Worker Card and an Experienced Supervisor Card.