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Trade Union and Employment Forum

Skills Shortage in Construction: building the future post-Brexit

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Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Thursday 5 October 2017

In collaboration with the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, UCL, on 5 October 2017 the History & Policy Trade Union Forum will host a one day conference on skills shortages in the construction industry.

The current shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry poses a significant risk to the delivery of planned major construction projects. With housing shortages agreed as a priority across the political spectrum and a key issue in the forthcoming general election, the government is committed to a substantial expansion of the number of houses built. The government is also committed to a massive and permanent reduction in immigration in the light of the EU referendum result, further reducing the number of skilled workers available to the UK construction industry.

The Skills Shortage in Construction conference will seek to place the current situation in its historical context, taking into account the way in which the industry has been organised since the second world war, the respective roles of capital labour and the state and the challenges posed by Brexit.

The conference will explore how we have reached the present position, challenges for the future, and how the skills shortage can be addressed. With key industry and government representatives in attendance, panel discussions will include:

  • the impact of Brexit
  • automation, innovation and building information modelling
  • the Union perspective
  • construction history
  • mega projects
  • training

Planned outcomes of the conference will include the publication of a journal special issue featuring presented papers.

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A full programme will be published in due course, with confirmed speakers to include:

Gail Cartmail, Unite the Union

Professor Linda Clarke, Professor of European Industrial Relations, Westminster Business School

Simon Douch, Vice President, Specialist Conservation Architect & Team Leader

Adrian-Harvey Francis, Executive Vice President responsible for HR, Skanska  UK Construction

Jaimie Johnston, Director, Head of Global Systems, Brydenwood

Professor Gordon Masterton, Professor of Future Infrastructure at the University of Edinburgh, former president of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Paul Morrell BSc (Hons), FRICS, FICE, HonFRIBA, HonFAPM, former Chief Construction Adviser to the UK Government

Professor David Mosey, Director, Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, King’s College London

Alan Muse BSc (Hons), MSc, FRICS, Global Director of Building Environment, Professional Groups, RICS

Dr Eleni Papadonikolaki, Lecturer in Building Information Modelling and Management, The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, UCL

Dale Sinclair, Director of AECOM, RIBA Ambassador for Collaboration,Director of CIC and chair of the CIC BIM Forum

Dr Judy Stephenson, David Richards Junior Research Fellow in Economic History, Wadham College, Oxford

Professor John Uff QC CBE


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