According to the Construction Products Association summer forecasts, output will rise by more than 22% over the next five years. Private housing starts are expected to grow by 18% in 2014 and 10% in 2015. Commercial offices output is also projected to grow 10% this year and 8% in 2015.
The CITB Construction Skills Network predicts that 182,000 new jobs will be created in the UK construction industry between 2014 and 2019 as employment rises for the first time since the start of the recession in 2008.
A Close Brothers survey in May showed that 65% of construction firms admit that access to cash is a major challenge for their business.
So can we keep pace? where will the construction workers come from? and will we be able to fund the projects?
SCA Group, Navitus Bay Wind Farm, Weymouth College, Portland Port and Dorset LEP are now progressing their bid proposal for £1m in funding from UKCES to re-skill workers to work on Wind Turbines.
During January 2013 other businesses with renewable energy training needs will be able to join the bid.
The £3bn proposed wind farm off the south coast will provide about 1,000 temporary jobs and 100 permanent posts.
A 1,000 temporary jobs will be created during the construction period, which would start in 2017.
There will be 218 Wind Turbines, it will be the largest offshore wind farm in the World but bigger wind farms are currently being planned.
There are almost 1,000 turbines being built in the UK offshore and onshore and a further 2,300 with planning consent.
Eventually the Government hope to have up to 6,000 onshore and 4,000 at sea.
UKCES Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot
The Employer Ownership of Skills pilot is a competitive fund open to employers to invest in their current and future workforce in England. Employers are invited to develop proposals that raise skills, create jobs, and drive enterprise and economic growth. Government will invest in projects in which employers are also prepared to commit their own funds in order to make better use of our combined resources.