In my economic development role at Enfield this issue is very real. I had a great meeting yesterday with the Principals of CONEL college and Barnet & Southgate College and my ebullient lead member Alan Sitkin. With the great opportunity for a stream of construction jobs over the 20 year development period of a huge regen scheme called Meridian Water, this is a very real conundrum for us. The limits on labour supply for construction are well known, from lack of interest from young people to fractured qualifications and pathways that few understand plus an industry that's really many different and varied careers: we shouldn't just be saying "construction". On top of that we have schools not promoting these careers, with systemic reasons why they wouldn't, and ultimately the very practical industry solution of migrant labour. As ever, the future impact of EU exit lurks...
Whilst we talked about options to try and address the problem locally, because we absolutely need a local solution as we can't see any help emerging regionally or nationally, we didn't pick up on this as one of the options. I'm personally annoyed about that, and am happy to be judged accordingly, but I'm so glad I saw this and will of course be getting in touch with the Construction Youth Trust because in Enfield we know we'll need a well stocked tool box to tackle this one.
We're realistic in that we know it's a major challenge and of course it will take time but if we can get it right and get local people linked to those jobs then that's a pretty major impact, which if we're honest the 2012 Olympics construction failed to achieve!
#notjustforboys – Women in construction