Construction worker shortage putting housing and infrastructure projects at risk

The State will not be able to deliver on ambitious housing and infrastructure targets unless more is done to encourage workers who left Ireland during the recession to return home, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has warned. The body said close to 120,000 construction workers are now required in order to meet targets outlined in the National Planning Framework

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Building sector lacking tradespeople, apprentices

A new survey of 229 building firms has made the “alarming discovery” that almost 90% have an inadequate supply of qualified tradespeople, while fewer than 30% currently have apprentices. The survey, conducted by academics at Dublin Institute of Technology, stated: “Should the construction industry continue to grow as predicted, the lack of new construction apprenticeship

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