THERE IS little sign that the skills crisis now gripping the UK construction industry is abating. Civils 2002 will tackle the causes.
With universities struggling to recruit students to engi - neering degrees and many employers desperate for suitably qualified and experienced staff, N C E wants to find out where the needs are most acute.
Equally important, we want to hear what the industry believes should be done to turn the situation around - to bring in and retain people who will keep construction at the forefront of the UK economy.
Findings from this first questionnaire, inviting feedback from you, N C E 's readers, will be published on 13 December. Data from consultants, contractors, clients, and schools and universities will follow early next year.
The information will be used to launch three live debates - on pay, training and retention - at the Civils 2002 exhibition in June.