According to the South-East Regional Skills Forum, Construction activity has recovered in 2021 since Covid restrictions were eased from April 2021. The sector is experiencing good levels of activity and skills shortages being reported. There is an ongoing demand for civil engineers and persons with associate engineering qualifications such as Estimators, Quantity Surveyors, Site Foremen. There is also strong evidence of a shortage of construction craft qualified personnel eg plasterers, blocklayers, carpenters and plumbers.
Skills shortages identified by employers and a need to upskill staff in the following disciplines for 2022:
➢ Construction Trades, particularly ‘Wet’ Trades for house construction and plumbing and carpentry
➢ Electrical Trades – Electricians, Electrical Instrumentation, High Voltage Electrical
➢ Site Management
➢ CAD, BIM skills
➢ LEAN for Construction
➢ Sustainable Energy Engineering
➢ Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) design & fundamental skills for trades
➢ Occupational Health & Safety
The long term strategy for County Wexford Chamber Skillnet is to work more closely with employers in this sector to provide subsidised, hands-on, short and relevant programmes to meet the sector’s current needs.
Are you a Provider in the Construction Sector and have a training need that has not been met by any of our current scheduled courses, please contact us and let us help you?