Save the date for Farmer report

At the end of last year, the government asked the Construction Leadership Council to identify actions to reduce the industry’s structural vulnerability to skills shortages, taking account of the Council’s wider work including that on business models and offsite housing. The Farmer Report was the result.

Friday 27th February 2017

At the end of last year, the government asked the Construction Leadership Council to identify actions to reduce the industry’s structural vulnerability to skills shortages, taking account of the Council’s wider work including that on business models and offsite housing. The Farmer Report was the result. It doesn’t make for comfortable reading. It is not the first report to set out the shortcomings of the sector’s labour model, and prevailing business model, though few have done so in such a cogent and compelling way. 

What is new, though, is the force of the conclusion that – given workforce attrition exacerbated by an ageing workforce – we simply cannot go on as we are.

If we put this into a Welsh context and set it alongside what we know our industry is already experiencing, then the report is even more uncomfortable. 

On 3rd May in Cardiff CEW is hosting a conference looking at how construction in Wales adapts to the circular economy and skills is a core element of that debate. Mark Farmer, CEO of Cast Consultancy, who wrote the Farmer Report is a keynote speaker. It is well worth saving the date, re-reading his report and asking some pertinent questions.

*Details of this event will be sent shortly but if you wish to reserve a place pleae email CEWales Events