Fight or flight: Working Around the Skills Shortage During the Pandemic

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Adrian Attwood, Executive Director at DBR (London) Limited discusses the ways in which COVID-19 has impacted on the UK skills shortage and how the construction industry can cope

The skills shortage in the construction industry has long been highlighted as a major problem. This is due to a number of factors, including: an ageing workforce, lack of appeal to school leavers and recruitment diversity, and inadequate funding for apprenticeships. Further, with Brexit due to come into full effect by the end of the year, the number of EU nationals working in construction will dramatically decrease, causing the construction industry to lose a quarter of its workforce.

These issues have only intensified as a result of the pandemic. The number of workers on site and in the office are reduced, staff have been furloughed and existing apprenticeships paused.

As new restrictions are implemented to curb a second wave of the virus, the construction industry must make some crucial decisions to navigate a second lockdown. Increased government support and

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