Saturday, June 19, 2021

Builder shortage? 3 tips for improving recruitment

Standards are high in the construction field, so it’s important that your recruitment processes are impeccable.

This will help you net the best talent on the market and improve the quality of all your builds subsequently. Still, this could be easier said than done, with almost every industry in the UK experiencing some degree of turbulence and uncertainty in recent years.

However, recent news paints a more optimistic picture. The construction sector had its sharpest pick-up of activity since 2014, with a surge in infrastructure and commercial projects. Therefore, now might be the time to rejuvenate your construction firm through a concentrated up-tick in recruitment.

Here’s how to improve recruitment in your construction business.

Measure Aptitude for Further Training

Those who excel in construction have an eagerness to learn the tools of their trade, both literally and figuratively.

In late 2017 there was a reported skills shortage that swept across the sector, with many businesses struggling to secure a new wave of professionals. It’s hard to imagine things have improved greatly under the influences of Brexit and a crippling global pandemic in the subsequent years either.

Consequently, it might mean that you need to primarily focus on spotting potential. You could offer apprenticeships or put greener construction workers through a mock CSCS exam, helping them adopt and refine important role related skills. The knowledge of your workforce can be developed under these programmes, so it’s important to hire workers who’re keen to keep pushing their limits rather than presuming they’re ‘good enough’ with limited capabilities.

Remember, while there’s no legislative requirement to hold an CSCS card, many clients will request your construction workers to hold one. Therefore, hiring workers with an aptitude for further training will open your construction business to more opportunities also.

Improve Diversity

Diversity in the workplace has many benefits beyond making your construction business appear inclusive.

Page 6 of a report commissioned by The Equality and Human Rights Commission highlights that diversity in construction could improve staff retention, create a more diverse supply chain, and improve on-site working relationships based on respect for everyone’s differences. Each of these qualities have immense benefits within your operation.

You’re not just ticking boxes here but nurturing a culture of welcoming and acceptance. Professionals thrive in that environment, and newcomers to the industry will feel confident to apply for positions once they know others like them have been welcomed with open arms.

Work with Learning Institutions

If you promote your profession in learning institutions, you could inspire the next generation to pursue construction as a career path.

In 2018, it was reported that schools weren’t doing enough to promote construction jobs, and even some vocational qualifications in general. Therefore, it could be a good idea to work with learning institutions to give young people some insight into what construction involves. What are the rewards on offer? How do their potential roles benefit society tangibly?

School is such a small part of one’s life, and it won’t be long before many of the students you interacted with will be looking for opportunities in your sector. If you can interest the next generation of talent in and work closely with learning institutions, the future of your construction business, and your industry, should be in good hands.

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