The construction sector across Greater Exeter is set to benefit from additional support to help attract, retain and upskill its workforce.
Building Greater Exeter is a partnership which brings together the public and private sectors to help address anticipated labour and skills shortages in the industry.
It aims to inspire the future workforce through engaging with schools and young people, while supporting employers to fill vacancies through upskilling and reskilling.
Cllr Rachel Sutton, Exeter City Council’s Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture, said: “Building Greater Exeter is a fantastic opportunity for the City Council to work with the construction sector to help meet their recruitment requirements.
“Through the project we will inspire new people into the sector and help to upskill those already in it. The sector is growing quickly and we are determined that, with the partners we already have on board, we can make a positive impact.”
Across the South West the construction sector is booming. The project team are incredibly grateful for the support and guidance provided by the Building Plymouth team during the set-up of Building Greater Exeter. The experience they have gathered over the past 3 years of running their successful programme has been invaluable, and we will continue working together to ensure consistency in supporting the construction sector across the South West.
Cllr Philip Skinner, Deputy Leader of East Devon District Council, said: “Greater Exeter is an area that is experiencing high levels of growth, and in order to continue this upward trend we must ensure that our construction firms have the ability to grow accordingly.
“The annual recruitment requirement in the South West is forecasted to be just under 4,500. At East Devon District Council, we are pleased to partner in the initiative and are looking forward to working with the private sector to deliver construction activity in the area.”
 Construction Skills Network Forecasts 2018-2022