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Attracting, developing and retaining talent to improve productivity and enable the built environment industry to thrive.

For the industry to meet increasing demand, a trained, skilled and competent workforce is essential

Download Industry Skills Plan for 2021-2025

COVID-19 has drastically changed the world we live in, yet output in the built environment sector is expected to grow with an estimated 217,000 extra workers needed by 2025 to maintain and deliver the UK’s build pipeline. Now, more than ever, we need skilled and competent people. We need to attract, develop and retain talent across the wider built environment and across a breadth of occupations to improve productivity and enable construction to thrive.

Construction is a core sector of the economy. If we can improve its productivity, through improving its people’s skills and the retention of those skills, there is a massive benefit to be gained. There is also the opportunity for construction to make the most effective contribution to society and the environment through the skills of its people”

CLC Industry Skills Plan 2021-2025

The Industry Skills Plan for the UK Construction Sector 2021-25 sets out a series of clear actions and commitments to address this challenge, grouped under the following four areas:

  • Careers
  • Standards and Qualifications
  • Training, Education and Development
  • Culture and Working Environment

It’s about building an industry that is a great place to work with opportunities for all, where everyone is treated fairly and inclusively and with clear routes of entry and progression (both upskilling and reskilling) to attract and retain diverse talent.


“This is about plugging current skills gaps, such as bricklayers and dryliners, but we must also invest in leadership and management, digital skills and skills related to energy efficiency to boost productivity and to address growing challenges such as Net Zero carbon emissions and Building Safety. This represents a huge opportunity for construction to modernise, attract a more diverse talent pool and upskill its existing workforce.”
Construction Skills Network 5-year Outlook 2021-2025

Latest training and skills resources

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Case Study - Ardmore

Practical examples of how contractors can take action to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce.

Ardmore – Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce

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