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Building a Future through Construction Skills

The construction industry holds a pivotal place in our economy and our society, and is in the midst of almost unprecedented change. The government's 'Industrial Strategy: Construction Sector Deal' ¹ points out that the UK infrastructure pipeline stands at 'more than £600bn of spend over the next decade, including at least £44bn for housing.' Maintaining and developing skill levels, encouraging effective use of technology and innovation, and building stronger relationships between education and industry are foundational principles for the future of the construction industry – and core values for us at MKC Training.

We attended the UK Construction Conference on Tuesday 14th January, as an excellent opportunity to hear a wide range of speakers with different perspectives on the challenges facing the industry. We valued the audience Q&A's which highlighted sensitive but vital subjects around the future of the construction industry. These are important discussions if we, as a construction community, are to rise to the increasingly pressing demands that are being placed on us.

The Construction Sector Deal serves to shake up and wake up the industry to the enormous task we have of transforming it and embracing Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) for it to grow and thrive.

Facing significant issues such as the skills crisis and climate change, the conference Q&A discussion explored how we must change and the need for skills, quality, safety and improved collaboration as we move towards carbon zero by 2050. Construction is moving into a new era. One that represents disruption, the likes of which the industry has never faced before.

Conference speaker Mark Farmer, MMC Champion

Image Source: Construction Manager Magazine

Conference speaker Mark Farmer, MMC Champion and author of the 2016 'Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model: Modernise or Die' ², said he felt 2020 would be a very positive year and reflected on the value of a quiet period of research and development in preparation for change on a massive scale.

How ready are you?



¹ Industrial Strategy: Construction Sector Deal (view)

² Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model: Modernise or Die (view)

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