NWCH and framework partners mind the skills gap

NWCH hosted workshops on skills and employment as well as women in construction at the 4th annual Construction Summit North, which explored how the Government’s industrial strategy, regional devolution and the affordable homes programme will shape the North’s property sector in the years to come.

Key note speakers at the event, organised by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the University of Salford, included Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Paul Dennett, GMCA Housing & Planning and Salford City Mayor.

NWCH and contractor partners collaborated on two practical workshops surrounding skills and employment. The first was titled ‘Mind the skills gap’ and focused on why do we have skills gap, how we can make the construction industry more attractive and barriers to filling skills gap. Outcomes from this workshop were attendees sharing their experiences, what initiatives they’d been involved with and the lessons learnt, as well as discussing how we can all play our part in addressing the skills gap by working collaboratively on a shared programme to ensure maximum impact.

The second workshop focused on Women In Construction. Women from across our framework partners shared their stories and showed case studies of career opportunities inspired by the construction industry and construction projects that targeted people from outside the industry as a part of its social responsibilities. This led to a discussion on the transferable skills that the industry needs and how to develop these throughout a career journey, this resulted in an open forum on how we can attract more women into the industry and ultimately change perception and increase opportunities. Other workshops were held which focused on industry topics such as the GM pipeline and economic impact.

Day 2 focused on Digital Construction and was attended by members of the NWCH Digital Construction Special interest group, to share and gain further knowledge on how building information modelling, digital design, big data and the internet of things are revolutionising the way we think about property and construction. Workshops focused a range of areas including delivering soft landings and modern methods of construction.

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