Berkeley re-launches graduate scheme to tackle skills shortage in construction industry

14th September 2015

Berkeley re-launches graduate scheme to tackle skills shortage in construction industry
  • The construction industry faces a shortage of skilled workers, with 182,000 construction jobs that need filling by 2018
  • To fill the gap, the Berkeley Group is announcing today that it is re-launching its graduate programme on 21st September 2015
  • Berkeley is set to offer up to 50 graduates opportunities across various divisions and operating companies

Today the Berkeley group is announcing it is re-launching its highly successful graduate programme in order to combat the skills shortage in the construction industry.

With the latest figures showing 15% unemployment among young people and a growing shortage of skilled workers, Berkeley is offering hugely rewarding opportunities for graduates to join its new training scheme.

According to the London Chamber of Commerce, the construction industry needs 50,738 construction managers and 16,178 surveyors just to fulfil pipeline projects alone. Berkeley is investing heavily in the next generation of construction professionals to ensure the growth and sustainability of this sector.

Rob Perrins, Managing Director of the Berkeley Group said, "Skills shortages in the construction industry is one of the biggest issues facing the sector, meanwhile talented young people are unable to get on the career ladder.

This is why we are relaunching the Berkeley graduate programme to give young people the opportunity to earn, learn and succeed. By investing in talented young people we are ensuring the future of the construction industry."

Editors notes:

1. The graduate scheme begins on the 21st September and closes on 29th January 2016. All applications must be made through the graduate website. Interviews and assessment centres will take place in October 2015 with all successful graduates taking part in the scheme in September 2016.

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3. The Berkeley Group builds homes and neighbourhoods. It is publicly-owned and listed on the London Stock Exchange as a FTSE 100 company.

4. In 2014, the Berkeley Group supported 21,000 jobs in the UK. Each new home built by the business sustained 5.6 jobs across the UK. Berkeley also contributed £1.4 billion to Britain's GDP.

In 2014, the Berkeley Group won the Queens Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development. It was voted Britain's second Most Admired Company across all industries in 2013 by Management Today and has been ranked Britain's most sustainable major housebuilder for the last eight years in a row by the Next Generation benchmark.

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