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Construction Skills Network forecasts 2017-2021 - East Midlands

In the East Midlands, construction output is expected to stagnate between 2017 and 2021, with no growth forecast. Employment in the East Midlands is expected to decline by 0.3% a year in the five years to 2021, compared with growth of 0.6% at the UK level.

  • Growth is expected to focus on the public and R&M non-housing sector in the short term, by 2.1%
  • Employment is forecast to decline by an annual average of 0.3%
  • The East Midlands has an average recruitment requirement of 1,770

What does this mean for construction jobs? 

This means that demand for some trades will be higher than others. The jobs most in demand over the next five years, in the East Midlands, are:

  • Non-construction professional, technical and IT staff – 320
  • Wood trades and interior fit-out staff - 200
  • Specialist building operatives - 200
  • Other construction process managers – 180
  • Painters and decorators - 170

What’s CITB doing to bridge the gap? 

We’re committed to helping construction employers deliver the pipeline of work faster, better and more efficiently. Using our evidence base on skills requirements, we will ensure employers can access the high quality training their workforce needs. 

We will also help construction attract and retain new recruits. Working with industry we’ve launched Go Construct, a web portal showcasing all of the great career opportunities available in our sector.

CITB is also improving our funding to employers, through a reformed grants scheme that invests in the most needed skills and makes it easier for companies of all sizes to access funding.

How can you benefit? 

If you’re keen on building and want a fulfilling and financially rewarding career delivering some of the iconic projects in your area, visit Go Construct.

To find out how to access grants to train your workforce, visit CITB funding.