Britain needs brickies, not more hairdressers

The Local Government Association has warned that a worsening skills crisis is threatening the government's pledge to build 275,000 affordable homes by 2020 because Britain is not training enough bricklayers and plasterers. Its research found that the construction industry's recruitment forecast was 54% higher this year than in 2013, but that 10,000 fewer construction qualifications were being awarded annually. The sector's forecasted annual recruitment needs have increased for the past three years, up from 29,050 a year in 2013 to 44,690 a year from 2015. As a result, the industry is struggling to fill over half of all skilled trade construction vacancies. 'For too long we've trained too many hairdressers and not enough bricklayers,' said Peter Box, chairman of the LGA's housing board.


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