Changing skill needs and training requirements in the scottish construction industry

Andrew Agapiou, Volker Dauber

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Construction is a significant contributor to economic activity in Scotland, accounting for approximately 6.4 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2000. The industry also accounts for 6 per cent of Scottish employees in employment and approximately 1 in 5 of Scotland?s self-employed. The construction industry is renowned for shortages of suitably qualified workers such as bricklayers and carpenters, even in an economic recession. Such shortages tend to take the form of a lack of quality tradesmen, rather than a shortfall in quantity. In Scotland, the demand for new workers has been estimated at 5,400 per year. Successful construction firms seek employees with a broader range of attributes and a capacity to function in a team, adaptable to changing working environments, multi-skilled and possessing more generic skills. A challenge for vocational education and training agencies in the construction industry is to find ways of assisting to meet these needs. This paper presents the results of a survey of skill needs and training requirements in the Tayside construction industry. The survey seeks to provide a framework for analysing skill requirements in the context of modern performance targets, together with policy recommendations for industry, government and training providers throughout Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the RICS construction and building research conference COBRA 2001
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • changing
  • skill needs
  • training requirements
  • scottish
  • construction industry

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