Q&A: How to close the skills gap

Q: How can we collaborate to close the skills gap? A: London needs more homes. That’s certain. It’s at the top of the news agenda, bemoaned at party conferences, and is the topic of choice for point-scoring politicians. And though it’s time for positive change across the industry, addressing the construction skills shortage is fundamental to addressing the housing deficit. Construction is crippled by the greatest skills shortage of a generation. One in five jobs remains vacant, existing employees are retiring earlier, and data from the CITB shows that school leavers regard working in construction as inferior, all putting us