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Construction industry needs more graduates, says CIOB

Published: Wednesday, 20 May 2009   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

There is a skills shortage in the construction industry, according to a new survey by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and more graduate jobs need to be created in order to redress the balance.

Despite the recession and a downturn in demand, 77 per cent of respondents to the body's survey said that they are experiencing a lack of skills.

Michael Brown, deputy chief executive for the CIOB, said that the industry has been notoriously bad at attracting fresh talent into graduate jobs, which has contributed to the shortfall in expert workers.

Some 76 per cent of current construction workers believe graduate apprenticeships should be mandatory on public projects.

Mr Brown said: "There is no denying the importance of graduate and apprentice recruitment as these employees represent the future of the industry."

Writing in the Belfast Telegraph, John Simpson recommended that Northern Ireland invests in increasing construction graduates' skills in order to address the gap between the country's economic performance against the UK.

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