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McAlpine seeks school leavers to fill civils gap

ALFRED MCALPINE is recruiting school leavers to train as civil engineering technicians in an attempt to fight looming skill shortages in construction.

Chief executive Oliver Whitehead said last week he had taken on around 20 students so far to make up for an expected shortfall in graduate civil engineers.

Skill shortages are expected to hit construction over the next decade as resources are stretched by projects emerging from the Government's 10 year transport plan.

Whitehead announced the recruitment drive as he unveiled Alfred McAlpine's half year results. The contractor reported pre-tax profits of £21M for the six months to 30 June. This compared with £17.3M for the same period last year. Turnover was up from £360.5M to £393.4M.

Construction services increased first half operating profits to £6M, up from £5.7M last year. First half turnover rose from £178.1M to £189.2M.

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