Labour Westminster Councillors have called on the City Council to take a lead on providing more local training courses for bricklayers, carpenters, joiners and plumbers so that they can take advantage of the Central London building boom and help tackle a growing skills shortage in the construction industry.
With over 3,000 Westminster residents looking for work, Labour Councillors say that giving local people the skills to get jobs as bricklayers, carpenters, joiners and plumbers will give them regular work in well-paid jobs that will enable them to work locally and everywhere else in the world.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Labour’s Built Environment spokesperson said:
“Westminster Council should be working more closely with local colleges and the construction industry to train local people for jobs in the building trade. Jobs like bricklayers, carpenters, joiners and plumbers will always be in demand and offer long-term career prospects locally and further afield.”
According to the latest Federation of Master Builders’ State of Trade Survey, chief executive Brian Berry said:
“There can be no doubt that the building industry is booming but the skills shortage continues to loom large over our industry. Almost half of construction small and medium sized firms are struggling to recruit adequate numbers of bricklayers, with others finding it increasingly hard to hire carpenters and joiners, site managers and supervisors.”