Over the course of the next 4 years, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is predicting that nearly 22,500 will be created in the Manchester and North West region. This will continue to rise by the end of 2020, with a further increase of nearly 299,000 new jobs being made available within the region.
This considerable yearly rise in construction employment levels of nearly 1.6% will see an annual growth rate in building industry output of around 2.6%, slightly above the UK national average of 2.5%.
The reason for a lot of this employment growth is primarily down to a number of current and new projects in the pipeline, including work on the £290m, 10km long dual carriageway that will link the A6 to Manchester Airport.
It also includes the dynamic growth in Manchester city centre, with numerous office buildings and residential plans under construction by organisations such as the English Cities Fund, Select property Group, Urban Splash and Russell Construction.
To help deliver this wide range of projects, the CITB has joined forces with several Manchester construction recruitment agencies, working together to provide a wide selection of new employees in a variety of different roles.
As part of this process, the CITB has also begun work on creating a new online initiative called Go Construct, a web portal that helps people find out about the range of great construction career opportunities available.
When asked about plans for the region, Steve Housden, CITB sector strategy manager for the North West, said: “We can’t build the Britain we want without apprenticeships and the careers they lead to. That’s why we want these new statistics, showing solid, sustained growth, to inspire more people across the North West to start apprenticeships and more construction firms to take them on.
“We also want to attract workers who have left the industry to return, and upskill those in it, so we can deliver major projects and new housing faster and better.”