11 September 2014
Building engineering training programmes must be broad-based so that apprentices and students acquire not just the skills and competences of this sector alone, but also fully understand the operation of the entire construction supply chain, says the president of the Building & Engineering Services Association.
Andy Sneyd, speaking at the annual B&ES president's luncheon, said this was "essential if the UK construction industry is to achieve and maintain genuinely world-class status".
He added: "For this ambition to have any chance of fulfilment we must recruit into our businesses the brightest and best of today's young talent and we must educate them - not only in the skills and competences required within our own discipline, but also in the overall construction process."
The industry had to invest in education, training and development programmes that are "truly broadly based", said Sneyd. This would be a way to ensure that "we will build a workforce that will ensure the future success of our own organisations".
"We will also spread the word that the construction industry can offer a stimulating working environment, profound job satisfaction and the opportunity to think and act innovatively and creatively," he added.
The president pointed out that, in its recently published industrial strategy, the government had acknowledged the central role construction plays in the prosperity of the nation.
"Our industry is a key enabler of our economic recovery - as well as being critical to the achievement of national and international climate change targets in the years and decades to come," said Sneyd.
The luncheon - at the Skyloft, Millbank Tower, London SW1 on 4 September - was attended by senior representatives from across the construction industry, MPs, senior civil servants, B&ES members and executive staff.
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