Schemes to address worker shortages backed by Esh firm

Darush Dodds, of Esh Group.
Darush Dodds, of Esh Group.
Monday, June 19, 2017 at 5:18PM

Penrith-based Esh Border Construction is backing new schemes designed to address skills shortages within the building industry.

Research has shown that the construction sector lost about 140,000 jobs following the financial crisis of the late-2000s and many workers are retiring with 22 per cent of the workforce over 50, and 15 per cent in their 60s.

This ageing workforce is not being replaced an this is expected to create major issues for the industry across the next decade.

The firm, part of Durham-based Esh Group, has now started supporting the Get Into STEM initiative, designed to provide primary school teachers with learning kits that help introduce children to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themes with a focus on construction.

In secondary schools, it is also supporting the Building My Skills scheme, which sees business guests from different sector backgrounds deliver sessions to schoolchildren who also complete an employability portfolio.

Darush Dodds, head of corporate responsibility and added value at Esh, said: “Building My Skills is about opening the doors to the workplace for young people, raising their aspirations and making sure they have the right approach to secure that all-important first job."

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