Building recruits needed urgently

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Over 3,000 construction recruits will be required every year for the next four years in the region to meet demand in the growing sector - some 2,500 apprentices.

The Construction Industry Training Board says year-on-year growth of almost five per cent between April last year. And construction output in April was 1.2per cent higher - worth £113m - than March.

Steve Housden, CITB sector strategy manager for Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “The rise in construction output is good news for the economy and the sector. But for the good news to continue, industry and Government will need to rise to the challenge of recruiting over 180,000 new jobs and finding 120,000 apprentices in the next five years.

“Embracing the skills challenge now will reap dividends. Ignoring it is not an option.”

Public housing schemes such as the £1.5bn regeneration project between Bradford and Shipley will create jobs and growth in the region, while commercial developments such as the Westfield Broadway Centre in Bradford will also boost the local jobs market, he added.