Talentview Construction (TVC) is a new Government and sector-backed initiative that helps young people to find early career vacancies, such as traineeships, apprenticeships and graduate jobs. Employers in the sector can upload details of their vacancies to the Talentview Construction website to find the right person for the role.
Helping school, college and university leavers to find roles in construction will be essential for the future of the sector. Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) projections suggest that the construction industry needs to recruit around 217,000 new workers by 2025 to meet demand. This figure does not include the new roles that will be required in growth areas, such as green and sustainable technology and digital construction, so the number may be much higher. It is also estimated that 500,000 workers are likely to leave the sector in the next 10-15 years as they reach retirement age.
Despite the clear need for talented individuals to join the sector, a survey of more than 1,900 18-24 year olds, conducted for TVC found:
- Only 16% of respondents said they had received any information about careers in construction and the built environment at school or college.
- Just 14% are ‘very confident’ of finding suitable career opportunities this year.
- 46% believe that it is now harder to find opportunities compared to before the pandemic, with less than 8% believing it is easier.
Talentview Construction helps to provide a central place for candidates to connect with employers and find a role from the wide array of different jobs within the industry. TVC is supported by the Government, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), universities, colleges and the wider construction industry. It is free to use for both employers and candidates as it is funded by the CITB levy. Officially launched on the 21st September, TVC has more than 900 companies signed up, offering more than 400 vacancies at the time of launch.