MP Robert Goodwill has called on more people to join the construction industry after a recent visit to a college redevelopment.
Here, he met the next generation of upcoming talent in the construction industry and experienced what work in the industry is like first hand.
Goodwill paid a visit to the Scarborough University Technical College (UTC), which is currently being built by Willmott Dixon and is designed for students aged between 14 and 18 who want to study engineering.
The industry is in urgent need of more workers, with CITB predicting the creation of around 230,000 new construction jobs in the UK during the next five year period.
The MP for Scarborough and Whitby, Goodwill commented: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. It just proves how successful and rewarding a career in construction can be. I would encourage everyone to visit Go Construct and find out more about a career in construction.”
Meanwhile, CITB Partnership Manager, Jeremy Wright, believes that these kind of site visits are a great way of inspiring more people to consider starting a career in construction.
Wright added: “It is a great opportunity to showcase just how rewarding a career in the sector can be.
“There is no better time than now, with over 16,000 new construction jobs expected to be created over in Yorkshire over the next five years.”
As part of Open Doors 2016, the Scarborough UTC site recently opened its doors to the public. Open Doors is a joint scheme between Build UK and the Construction Industry Training Board.
However, a recent survey has revealed that construction industry activity fell again in July, which confirmed the sector’s loss of momentum since the second quarter of this year.
Last month, the Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index for the sector fell to 45.9, which was a slight fall from June and still below 50, which shows the industry has contracted.