Developing a 'road map' to facilitate employers' role in engaging with the skills development agenda

Chan, Paul and Moehler, Robert (2007) Developing a 'road map' to facilitate employers' role in engaging with the skills development agenda. In: 23rd Annual conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 3-5 September 2007, Belfast, United Kingdom.

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The UK construction skills shortage problem remains highly topical. Despite academic research and industrial efforts to mitigate the problem, construction employers face increasing pressure to get the skilled workforce necessary to fulfil rising workloads in the UK. There is limited success in the recruitment of nontraditional labour, shift towards prefabrication and the employment of migrant labour. Following the Leitch (2006) report, employers will be expected to become more proactive in engaging with the skills development agenda in the future. Yet, the extant literature remains fairly opaque on how employers can achieve this effectively. The research project outlined in this paper attempts to examine the processes involved in engaging employers in the skills development agenda, with a view to develop a decision-support tool (a ‘road-map’) for employers in this respect. The proposed research approach is outlined in this paper, which includes mapping out of current policies and initiatives that are geared towards construction skills development, case studies to explore how employers are presently engaging in skills development and action research to test the prototype tool.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: N600 Human Resource Management
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2010 09:49
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 11:46

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