The work to extend the West Midlands Metro from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill is one of the key projectsWork on the West Midlands metro line from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill continues

The industry has recovered from the Covid-19 pandemic faster than expected, and most of the industry will hit 2019 production levels next year.

The Construction Skills Network 2021-25, published today by the Construction Industry Training Board, predicts that construction activity in the West Midlands will grow by an average of 4.8 percent annually through the end of 2025, an average of 4.4 percent across the UK, with private housing the fastest growing area is.

While the workforce of 225,900 is expected to grow by 1.4 percent over the next few years, a further 25,000 workers will be needed to meet the demand.

The main trades needed in the West Midlands include an additional 500 electricians and an additional 1,250 office workers per year to meet the demand.

Lorraine Gregory, CITB’s Senior Customer Engagement Manager for the West Midlands, said: “There are many exciting construction projects in the West Midlands over the next few years that are advancing our industry on average than the UK. Now we will work closely with employers and learners to ensure that our industry can recruit, train and grow enough to do this ambitious job so that the West Midlands can help the UK return to economic recovery. “

In the West Midlands, one of the most important growth projects over the next few years is infrastructure growth of 6.5 percent, especially in inner-city locations.

Construction on the West Midlands Metro continues, including the £ 344 million 11-mile extension from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill. The Alexander Stadium and Games Villages are under construction in Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games next year, while the Birmingham Health Innovation Campus, valued at £ 210 million, has already been funded by the Birmingham City Council and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Construction in West Midlands will require an additional 5,000 workers annually to meet the projected workload.

The West Midlands is fast becoming a hub for housing and new infrastructure. With evidence from a CITB report showing a shortage of skilled factory workers with a growing future need, the City of Wolverhampton College recently opened a purpose-built factory training facility with the assistance of Wolverhampton City Council, the West Midlands Combined Authority and industry partners. The facility will offer short part-time qualifications, NVQs and full-cost courses to train new employees – as well as improving worker skills through training in the earthworks.

The College’s Head of Technology, Creative and Academic Studies, Michael Dixon, said, “We are delighted to have developed the new center, which will enable us to provide quality sector-specific education to people of all ages and skills locally. from beginner to advanced. “

It’s not all good news, however – the commercial sector faces significant risks in the short term, while the public sector could be hit by tighter government finances.

CITB Policy Director Steve Radley said, “It’s great to see construction come back so strong and create many job opportunities. We need to take new approaches to meet these growing skill needs and deliver them quickly. We work closely with the government and further education to build better bridges between learning and workplaces and to make training more flexible. We also invest heavily in promoting work experiences that make it easier for employers to recruit.

“We also need to make sure we are investing in the skills that will drive change and meet new and growing demands like net zero emissions and building security. We will shortly announce plans to address specific skills and occupations such as leadership and management, digital skills and skills related to energy efficiency. “

The estimated number of new hires needed in the West Midlands annually is: Business Process Managers, 350; Project manager, 100; Process manager, 500; Office staff and IT support, 1,250; Trade Supervision, 150; Building envelope specialists, 50; Painters and decorators, 50; Plasterer, 50; Professional staff, 50; Plant mechanics / fitters, 150; Worker, 450; Electrician, 500; Plumber, 250; Logistician, 50; Civil engineers, 50; technical staff, 650 and surveyors, 250.