Confidence high for Wales construction job creation

Article date: 27/01/2014

Confidence high for Wales construction job creation
With such positive news circulating around the construction industry as of late, the increase in work and new projects has helped boost confidence concerning the sector's ability to create new jobs.

While this trend has been seen in many areas across the country, businesses in North Wales are particularly hopeful about the prospects for the coming months.

Construction businesses both small and large have been supported by government schemes, such as Help to Buy and Funding for Lending, which have provided a shot in the arm for residential development activity.

Speaking to the Daily Post, a spokesperson for construction firm Watkin Jones has said the next 12 months are looking rosy for business.

“All divisions have strong order books and are currently working on significant schemes across the UK. There are positive signs within our Homes Division with work well under way on a number of new developments throughout North Wales and the North West," he stated.

"With major projects about to commence in a number of locations throughout the country, we are actively recruiting new staff across all disciplines of the business."

The representative went on to say that the company is always looking for people who want to embark on a career in construction, and a number of exciting opportunities are available for local people.

Apprenticeship and scholarship schemes are also on offer from the firm, set to provide youngsters with the support needed to get into construction work.

It's not just Watkin Jones reporting positivity, but also director of Anwyl Construction Tony Anwyl. However, despite rising employee levels, he did warn about the prospect of future problems due to a lack of skilled workers.

“Over the last six months we’ve witnessed increased activity in both the housing and contracting sectors. We have seen the number of directly employed individuals increase and are witnessing skills shortages in a number of areas; particularly in bricklaying," Mr Anwyl stated.

With a number of older skilled construction workers retiring in the next five to ten years, there is a distinct need to train workers so that they can take on these vital positions in the future.