Ian Williams was recently approached by the CITB for our comments and thoughts surrounding the challenges of a continuing skills gap, in a sector that’s forecast to grow significantly.
According to the CITB’s latest Construction Skills Report (CSN) “construction output is expected to grow by 1.3% over the next five years, with 158,000 jobs to be created to meet projected requirements. 960 surveyors are currently in demand in the UK, highlighting the important recruitment targets our sector needs to achieve.
A culture of direct delivery
At Ian Williams, we are passionate about self-delivery and the development of directly employed staff, a commitment that is reflected in our annual intake of both apprentices and trainee surveyors. So far this year, we’ve appointed 14 Trainee Surveyors who will start their career journey in an environment of learning and support.
Sian Pearce, Training and Development Manager at Ian Williams said: “I’m delighted that our programme provides support and guidance to so many talented people, giving them the skills and experience needed to thrive within the construction industry. We are very passionate about people and believe that our success will only be maintained if we continue to offer trainees a great place to work and support them in enhancing their skills.”
“Continually pushes me to learn new skills”
CITB spoke to Gurjeet Sandhu, a trainee surveyor at Ian Williams, about his experience on the programme.
Gurjeet said: “From day one I was made welcome by everyone and it was clear that the scheme was geared to help me learn and develop within the business.
“The trainee programme was great as it gave me a clear development path to follow. I was offered bespoke support from my mentor and peers so I always had people I could ask for advice and help. It’s perfect for someone who is new to the business as it allows you to gain on the job experience.
“I feel the trainee surveyor programme has given me all the guidance I need and continually pushes me to learn new skills.”
To read the full CITB article please follow this link https://www.citb.co.uk/news-events/blogs/2018/the-construction-skill-gap-what-can-we-do-to-help/