Seventy-eight per cent of respondents believe the UK is still suffering a skills gap with businesses struggling to fill certain roles. When asked how this can be best tackled, the most popular responses included a better understanding of industry skill needs and transferring skills across different geographical locations and sectors.
Casting the recruitment net outside of the traditional talent pool and attracting candidates from other sectors that possess similar skills sets plays a big role in helping to deliver a broad range of infrastructure schemes.
Capitalising on transferable skills can help to deal with peaks and troughs during project delivery. This strategy also provides insight into how best to upskill other talent pools to enhance what they can offer and make a transition easier.
Adrian Adair, operations director at Morson International, said:
“The skills debate needs to remain a top priority for academics, with more needed to encourage young people into STEM subjects. The perceptions around many technical professions also need to be challenged by schools, teachers and parents. As well as encouraging collaboration between industry and education, we need to ensure young people are equipped with the best tools, skills and knowledge to succeed.”
Of those surveyed, 84% believe the skills they possess are transferable across different industries and 79% have actively worked in other sectors. In addition, two-fifths were interested in hearing
about roles in other sectors that would be relevant to their skillset, showing an interest in diversity and trying new things.
However, a perceived lack of experience is what more than half of contractors (52%) believe is holding them back from making the transition to other sectors.
To meet the rising demand for skills, the UK needs to double the number of engineering apprentices and graduates. Eighty-two per cent of those surveyed said that encouraging more young people into apprenticeships is the best way to reduce the skills shortage and a further 63% believe that businesses need to better invest in staff training.
Want to know more? The full Morson Hinkley Skills Survey explores the importance of flexible workers in infrastructure.
Based on the opinions of more than 2,500 independent flexible workers from across the UK, the Hinkley Point C Skills Survey provides a real insight into how to tackle the skills gap, why contracting is an increasingly popular working choice, how to encourage more females into technical professions and what holds a flexible worker back from spreading their wings and seeking new opportunities in different sectors.
In particular, this whitepaper draws attention to what factors attract flexible workers to a role and if they would consider relocating for work. This is especially pertinent with many major infrastructure projects, which require specific levels of locally-sourced skills. Click here to download your copy