14 July 2011
The UK construction industry could be missing the essential
management skills to help it overcome the effects of recession, according to new research.
In a poll of 1,450 construction employers, conducted by Industry Training Board
and Sector Skills Council, CITB-ConstructionSkills, skills gaps such as understanding the implications of green
issues (43%), identifying potential new business (39%) and not having sufficient IT skills (43%) were all areas
picked out by industry managers and supervisors as lacking in their organisations.
In addition, a third (32%) of employers said that keeping up to date with the
latest innovations, products and techniques was an important concern for their business. A further 32% also
stated that their management team’s ability to identify the training needs of staff was an area that needed
Responding to these figures, CITB-ConstructionSkills has renewed its commitment
to implement measures that help to deliver the right skills for economic growth locally and nationally. These
initiatives include campaigns such as Cut the Carbon, which helps educate SMEs on green skills, and the
Management and Supervisory Development Programme, which awards funding to industry federations to help senior
staff improve their leadership abilities.