For the UK to achieve genuine world-class status, it is necessary for all areas of the construction supply chain to understand how the industry works in its entirety, said B&ES president Andy Sneyd.
Speaking at the association’s annual President’s Lunch, Mr Sneyd emphasised the urgent need for training at all levels and the need to recruit the best young people into the industry.
“We must educate them – not only in the skills and competences required within our own discipline, but also in the overall construction process,” said Mr Sneyd.
The industry must invest in education, training and development programmes that are “truly broadly-based” and “fit-for-purpose”.
“That way, we will build a workforce that will ensure the future success of our own organisations.
“We will also spread the word that the construction industry can offer a stimulating working environment, profound job satisfaction and the opportunity to think and act innovatively and creatively.”
He further emphasised the importance of construction, both within the economic recovery and in achieving the UK’s climate change targets.
“Absolutely key to our ability to address today’s challenges is the existence of a well-trained, well-managed and well-motivated team, at every level of the workforce,” he said.
H&V News has conducted an exclusive interview with Mr Sneyd, which will be published in a future issue of the magazine.