University addresses construction industry skills shortage

Construction worker

A shortage of problem-solving skills in the construction industry is preventing professionals from advancing within their careers, prompting a new initiative between Birmingham City University and Mott MacDonald Ltd.

Starting next month, the University and the global engineering, management and development consultants are pioneering a new approach to develop the 'softer skills' considered to be in short supply across the construction industry.

Birmingham City University’s Professor Nick Morton said: "Students securing places at the University's School of the Built Environment will have the opportunity to gain direct experience of both construction and people skills with Mott MacDonald in Birmingham's projects around the UK. The construction industry needs problem solvers with the skills to enable them to develop the talents of others and to recognise their own strengths for future opportunities."

Martin Perks, Divisional Director for Mott MacDonald, said: "We have great people in our industry with superb technical skills but that is only part of the picture. We know too that the softer skills increasingly needed to develop people's potential and solve problems as they arise are in short supply. Our business is growing rapidly and through our ground-breaking partnership with Birmingham City University we are seeking to attract and nurture the 'next generation' of talent into a fulfilling and rewarding career with our company."

Students at Birmingham City University's School of the Built Environment will also be given a chance to take part in a major international construction competition hosted by the University. Mott MacDonald will sponsor the event.

The courses kick off in September and applicants wishing to apply for a place can use the ongoing Clearing process by calling 0121 331 6777.

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