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University addresses construction industry skills shortage

Birmingham City University and Mott MacDonald have launched a new initiative to address the shortage of problem-solving skills in the construction industry.

Starting next month, the University and the global engineering, management and development consultants are starting a new approach to develop the ‘softer skills’ considered to be in short supply across the construction industry.

Birmingham City University professor Nick Morton said: “Students securing places at the University’s School of the Built Environment will have the opportunity to gain direct experience of both construction and people skills with Mott MacDonald in Birmingham’s projects around the UK.”

Mott MacDonald divisional director Martin Perks said: “We have great people in our industry with superb technical skills but that is only part of the picture. We know too that the softer skills increasingly needed to develop people’s potential and solve problems as they arise are in short supply. Our business is growing rapidly and through our ground-breaking partnership with Birmingham City University we are seeking to attract and nurture the ‘next generation’ of talent into a fulfilling and rewarding career with our company.”

The courses begin in September and applicants wishing to apply for a place can use the ongoing Clearing process by calling 0121 331 6777.

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