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Construction Skills Network forecasts 2017-2021 - Wales

Welsh construction is set to grow almost four times faster than the UK average, according to the latest CSN forecast. For the third consecutive year, output growth in Wales is predicted to be stronger than any other part of the UK, with infrastructure projects once again driving growth.

  • There will be strong growth in the infrastructure sector in Wales at nearly 16%
  • Employment in Wales is expected to grow at an annual average of 2.7% well above the UK rate of 0.6% 
  • An Annual Recruitment Requirement (ARR) of 3,890 

What does this mean for construction jobs? 

This means that demand for some trades will be higher than others. The jobs most in demand over the next five years, in Wales, are:

  • Wood tradespeople and interior fit-out staff – 770
  • Bricklayers – 390 
  • Other construction professionals and technical staff – 360
  • Electricians and installers – 330
  • Non construction professional, technical and IT staff - 330

What’s CITB doing to bridge the gap? 

We’re committed to helping construction employers deliver the pipeline of work faster, better and more efficiently. Using our evidence base on skills requirements, we will ensure employers can access the high quality training their workforce needs. 

We will also help construction attract and retain new recruits. Working with industry we’ve launched Go Construct, a web portal showcasing all of the great career opportunities available in our sector.

CITB is also improving our funding to employers, through a reformed grants scheme that invests in the most needed skills and makes it easier for companies of all sizes to access funding.

How can you benefit? 

If you’re keen on building and want a fulfilling and financially rewarding career delivering some of the iconic projects in your area, visit Go Construct.

To find out how to access grants to train your workforce, visit CITB funding.

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