ShaneWalshOne of the major challenges facing the construction industry over the next three years is the lack of skilled personnel available to complete the regeneration of Ireland’s built landscape.

There is an estimated shortage of 112,000 people in the industry, with a shortage of experienced architects and engineers at all levels. As well as engineers and architects, skilled craftspeople are desperately needed – the number of skilled craftspeople working in Ireland in 2015 was 48,900, but an additional 36,000 skilled craftspeople (including apprentices) will be needed by 2020. See DKM report.

For February and March, CIF will be running a series of interviews with returned emigrants who have come home to work in the industry in Ireland – why they left, why they came home and their hopes and fears for the future. Through this we hope to give insight into the expectations they have about working in Ireland, what motivated them to return home, and discover what Ireland and the construction industry can do to attract valuable personnel back to Ireland.

The Construction Industry Federations South East Construction Ball 2017 was held in Faithlegg House Hotel, Faithlegg Co. Waterford on Friday the 10th of February, kindly sponsored by Opel, Roadstone and Saint-Gobain. It was the first such construction event in the South East since 2008. The event proved to be a great success with over 160 attendees from member companies, our sponsors, as well as distinguished guests of the CIF South East Branch.

Shocked. That’s the reaction of nearly everyone when they find out that in our cities there are 13 empty homes for every homeless adult. At Peter McVerry Trust, through our partnership with the CIF and others, we know that empty homes can be brought back to use quickly, effectively and offer quality homes.

The scale of housing need in Ireland clearly requires a broad response to boost housing availability. There is an obvious need for new build housing developments as we seek adequate supply levels. However, new build projects should mask the vast potential within the empty homes area and allow that potential to go unfulfilled.

The CIF and Peter McVerry Trust have launched a collaborative partnership aimed at supporting the trust’s efforts to house the homeless. Throughout 2017 the CIF will encourage its members to lend their resources and skills to Peter McVerry projects around the country.

DermotDermot Carey CIF’s head of the Safety, Health and Manpower gives food for thought to school leavers.

It is an exciting time for those entering the Construction Industry, with demand for skilled workers on the increase, competitive salaries and packages on the rise and the opportunity to work in on challenging and innovative projects increasing by the day.