Britain is now in desperate need for skilled workers as it faces its biggest skill shortage in more than a generation. The lack of plumbers, builders and engineers had cause a derail in the attempt of re-invigorating the economy.
Many projects have been put on hold because of the scarcity of British skilled workers. This has also led to a big rise in payment for the most in-demand jobs like plumbers and bricklayers. But out of all this, the hardest to be hit is probably the construction industry.
For every three of the largest construction companies in the UK, there is one that is forcibly turning down opportunities because of the lack of skilled labor. Managing director of Manpower Group UK, Mark Cahill, said.
Due to the shortage of skilled Britons, many of the capital building firms have turned to hiring Portuguese bricklayers on a much higher wage. Normal weekly wages are at ₤500 but these foreign bricklayers are being paid double.
This is definitely an emergency situation that needs emergency plumbers, builders and engineers.
According to the Union of Construction and Allied Trades and Technicians, the failure in training apprentices in 30 years is the one to blame for all of these as well as recession. Only 7,280 apprentices were able to complete training but it is estimated that the industry is in need of 35,000 entrants to survive.
Charlie Mullins, chief executive of one of the biggest plumbing firms Pimlico Plumbers, said that the demand for their services has greatly increased but their skilled workers’ availability is on the opposite end.
In fact, their plumbers would be able to earn ₤100,000 a year due to the boost in demand.
This event has highlighted the benefits that apprenticeships could give to the economy because through this program, more skilled workers will be able to start working in their trade. At Pimlico, their apprentices would have to be supervised by a senior engineer for almost all of the days of the week; however, one day is allocated to a classroom setting where they will be learning theories.
The Royal Academy of Engineering has suggested that the country will need a million new engineers and technicians or even more by 2020.