As an organisation, one of our key priorities is to address the shortage of young people joining the construction workforce. 35,000 new workers are needed each year to meet the demands of the industry, and so supporting the above initiatives with our clients further strengthens the industry’s approach in encouraging the younger generation to consider a career in construction.
Nicole has been a CITB Construction Ambassador since 2008, having engaged with thousands of students of all ages, promoting the industry as the career of choice. Raising the profile of the sector at school level is key to increasing those who enter construction after leaving school. Nicole is also passionate about encouraging more women to take up careers within construction, as statistically only 11% of the current workforce being females, 1% of that being operatives on site. With females making up half of the UK’s population, it is becoming increasingly important that the construction sector – an industry that represents 6.5% of the UK’s economic output – should reflect this statistic at all levels and skillsets.
For Sphere, alongside helping to protect the construction workforce of the future by engaging with the younger generation, we are also focussing on where we can find additional entrants to the construction skills sector, and help address the skills shortage in the shorter term. To do this, we are working with ex-offenders and the homeless, helping create opportunity and entry into the industry via several charitable organisations such as the Wallich, BOSS Project, and the School of Hard Knocks. Helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who may not have realised the opportunities available to them, has become an increasing area of focus for Sphere Solutions.