CECE to tackle construction skillsPublished 18/12, 2017 at 12:27
Demographic change, too few women on jobsites, lack of engineers, fierce competition, little interest in STEM disciplines, a bad image of the sector and growing demand for digital skills are the biggest challenges in the construction and equipment sectors claims the Committee for European Construction Equipment.
“CECE is determined to address the skills gap by providing a comprehensive review of the situation and developing solutions together with its partners,” said CECE secretary general Riccardo Viaggi at the Skills Breakfast Debate held in November in the European Parliament. “It requires a strategic and collective approach from key stakeholders in and around the construction and equipment industries”. CECE had invited representatives from across the value chain to join the event, which was hosted by MEP Brando Benifei, Member of the Employment Committee.
Discussions centred around training and upskilling for the manufacturing and construction sector. Various skills initiatives like the British “Primary Engineer,” which is mainly focusing on training primary school teachers or the German “Think BIG!” project were presented. EU Commission representative Lucilla Sioli stressed that the skills gap was a severe problem throughout the EU and that it is essential to raise more awareness in the member states. According to Sioli one out of three citizens in Europe does not have any digital skills. She introduced the Commission’s new digital opportunity scheme, a pilot project that supports students to work in technical departments or on jobsites.
Participants of the debate agreed that exchanging ideas, sharing experiences and even structuring isolated actions would be vital to be successful in mastering the skills challenge.