With skills shortage concerns in the construction industry standing at their highest level since 2008 according to the latest RICS UK Construction Market Survey (Q2 2014), there has never been a better time to get qualified for a career in construction.

TyneMet College’s dedicated construction training facility in Benton, TMC, specialises in qualifications and training for building services and the construction industry, offering hands-on training that will equip young people and adults with the skills that the sector need to build a great career in one of the many areas of building services, including: bricklaying, electrical installations, joinery, painting and decorating, plastering and plumbing.

Qualified tutors with a huge amount of industry experience, teach building services trades in excellent facilities, using industry standard equipment. In this way each individual benefits not only from the College's skills and knowledge in construction, but also from their outstanding partnerships and relationships with relevant local and national employers.

The figures revealed in the latest RICS UK Construction Market Survey (Q2 2014), show private housing, commercial and industrial sectors are driving strong growth across the whole of the UK. However, a shortage of blue collar workers (59% of respondents reported shortages of bricklayers) is presenting a challenge to further strong growth in the sector.

Despite this, employment prospects in the construction industry remain strong, as rapidly rising demands continue.

Research by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), shows that 120,000 new construction apprentices will be needed over the next five years to avoid further widening the skills gap.

TMC runs a wide range of tailored apprenticeship training programmes, which are an ideal way for companies to ensure that training modules meets their business needs; enabling them to bridge this significant gap whilst strengthening their workforce.

“Attracting new talent as well as the training and upskilling of existing employees is critical and TMC is perfectly placed to bolster and train a new workforce”, says Martin Waller, Interim Deputy Head at TMC in Benton.

“With start points across the year, all training programmes at TMC, which include full-time and part-time courses as well as tailored apprenticeship programmes, are designed around the needs of employers to ensure that work-ready skills are transferred quickly and that each qualified student is ready for action as an employee on a construction site.”

Jon Vincent, Principal and Chief Executive, TyneMet College, adds:
“There is a real reason for optimism and excitement, with employment opportunities forecast to deliver growth over the next 12 months. Now is the time to invest in training to ensure that these opportunities can be capitalised upon.”

To find out more about the wide range of full and part-time training opportunities, and the range of work-based apprenticeship programmes available at TMC in Benton now, visit www.tmcbenton.co.uk or call 0191 229 5280