Future-Proof Your Workforce: Building a Strong Skills Pipeline in Construction and Engineering

Ever found yourself scrambling to fill roles as all sorts of deadlines loom?  It’s a common headache in our industry, but there is a remedy, or at least, a partial one.

Building a robust skills pipeline shares some similarities with a construction project – it needs a solid foundation, the right materials, and a skilled team to bring it to life.  Having been involved in construction and engineering recruitment for over two decades now, I’ve seen the impact that having the foresight to build a reliable pipeline can make.

First, close collaboration with educational institutions is critical.  By partnering with universities and colleges, companies can tap into fresh talent and mould future professionals who are already well-versed in the latest industry practices.

Second, investing in the ongoing and continuous professional development of your existing team is non-negotiable. Securing the future of your business is not just about attracting talent; it’s about nurturing it.  Regular training ensures your team stays ahead of the curve, making your company a magnet for the best in the business.

Lastly, embrace diversity.  In fact, it’s more than that.  Go out of your way to promote diversity and tell the story of your business and our industry to anyone who listens.  Regardless of gender, age, ethnicity etc.  A varied team brings different perspectives, drives innovation and problem-solving.  Plus, it’s in skills short market, it is simply the right thing to do.

The nature of the construction and engineering industry is that workload is cyclical and sometimes strategy and planning follow that cycle.  It might be time to think further ahead if we’re to solve the people challenges of the future.

How are you future-proofing your workforce?

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Posted by John-Paul Toner
28th June, 2024
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