Developing a 'road-map' to facilitate employers' role in engaging with the skills development agenda

Paul W. Chan, Robert Moehler

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Abstract

The UK construction skills shortage problem remains highly topical. Despite academic research and industrial efforts to mitigate the problem, construction employers face increasing pressure to get the skilled workforce necessary to fulfil rising workloads in the UK. There is limited success in the recruitment of non-traditional labour, shift towards prefabrication and the employment of migrant labour. Following the Leitch (2006) report, employers will be expected to become more proactive in engaging with the skills development agenda in the future. Yet, the extant literature remains fairly opaque on how employers can achieve this effectively. The research project outlined in this paper attempts to examine the processes involved in engaging employers in the skills development agenda, with a view to develop a decision-support tool (a 'road-map') for employers in this respect. The proposed research approach is outlined in this paper, which includes mapping out of current policies and initiatives that are geared towards construction skills development, case studies to explore how employers are presently engaging in skills development and action research to test the prototype tool.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2007 - Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference
Pages409-418
Number of pages10
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2007 - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20075 Sep 2007

Conference

Conference23rd Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2007
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period3/09/075/09/07

Keywords

  • Decision support
  • Employers' engagement
  • Skills development
  • Training

Cite this

Chan, P. W., & Moehler, R. (2007). Developing a 'road-map' to facilitate employers' role in engaging with the skills development agenda. In Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2007 - Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference (Vol. 1, pp. 409-418)