Figures from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) reveal that construction output in the East Midlands rose by 8 per cent in 2014, and is estimated to have grown a further 4 per cent last year.
The Construction Skills Network (CSN) report reveals that in the period up to 2020 it is predicted expansion will continue at a projected rate of 1 per cent per year.
The infrastructure and commercial sectors are likely to be the sectors at the forefront of this growth. The former should be boosted by a number of large projects such as the £1 billion conversion of Staffordshire’s Willington C power station from coal to gas.
The commercial sector is set to continue to benefit from the consumer spending driven economic recovery and the accompanying demand for new retail outlets.
One of the largest examples of this is the £476 million retail-led redevelopment of Nottingham town centre, expected to start later this year. Another projects set to boost the region’s growth is Northampton University’s redevelopment of its Avon Mills campus – due to begin later this year.
Civil engineers (3 per cent), surveyors (2.3 per cent), other construction professionals and technical staff (2.2 per cent) and scaffolders (2.1 per cent) are forecast to achieve the largest increases. To help deliver this pipeline of work, CITB has joined forces with the construction industry to expand Go Construct, a web portal that helps people find out about the range of great construction career opportunities available.
Lorraine Gregory, CITB’s partnership manager for the East Midlands, said: “We can’t build the Britain we want without apprenticeships and the careers they lead to. That’s why we want these new statistics, showing solid, sustained growth, to inspire more people across East Midlands to start apprenticeships and more construction firms to take them on.
“We also want to attract workers who have left the industry to return, and upskill those in it, so we can deliver major projects and new housing faster and better.”