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What's wrong in construction?

'THE SKILLS shortage is growing, competition for good men and women is intensifying and there is concern over the failure to attract sufficient young people into the construction industry.'

So said Change the Face of Construction last week - the latest industry project to encourage young people into construction.

Attracting more women and minority groups will, it feels, boost the pool of talent available to employers and stem the rate of staff turnover in the industry.

While it is true that tackling equal opportunities will help, there is no doubt that this is just one of a range of issues holding back the construction industry. But what are they?

Last week NCE highlighted issues which need to be addressed if construction is to change its image and keep the best people:

Charge more

Do you charge what you think your business is worth?

Pay more

Pay peanuts, get monkeys

Treat people better

A happy workforce is an efficient workforce. Are you doing enough for your staff? Is your boss doing enough for you?

Better training

Does your boss really care about your training? Are you spending enough time and money training your staff?

Give individuals more responsibility

Why not promote on merit rather than time served?

Remove inequalities

Why are you sexist, racist, ageist or prejudiced against the disabled?

Work harder and more effectively

Are you making the most of the talent you have?

Generate better results

How much do you spend sorting out mistakes?

Improve image

How much time and money does your boss spend to tell the world what a good job you're doing?

Earn more respect

Why are civil engineers not at the centre of political and social debates?

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