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Published on : Mar 26, 2015

The housing sector is facing a major shortage in UK as the region suffers from lack of skilled construction workers. Amidst this crisis, two of the industry leaders are touring schools to encourage students to be a part of the industry which so desperately needs them.

According to the Construction Industry Training Board, UK needs a workforce of 180,000 or more with adequate skill sets in the coming five years. Aberdeen Guarantees, a business education partnership by Aberdeen City Council plans to bridge the skills gap by initiating dialogs between schools and companies. The dialogs will comprise inspirational talks and related activities.

Recently, about 1,200 students from Northfield and St Machar academies were a part of the Stewart Milne and Steve Petrie. Stewart Milne is founded his own house building firm in 1971, while Petrie heads Balfour Beatty, an infrastructure group, as a senior manager. Mr. Milne started his career as an electrician apprentice and now heads Stewart Milne Group (SMG) as a chairman. His company aims to hire about100 apprentices in the coming five years. 

Mr. Petrie has urged other construction companies to be a part of this move to build long-term careers for the youth in Scotland. Mr. Milne further added that the region needs to put in more efforts to train their promising workforce. This will also help them understand their professional inclinations and requirements for realizing them. All in all, the collective effort will help in increasing employment and remedying the current status of the construction industry.