Speaking at the official introduction of the programme recently Liz Carroll, Network Manager, CPSkillnet said: “The current skills shortage is a major challenge for the sector and the objective with CPSkillnet over the next 12 monthsis to develop a cohesive programme that addresses the problem.
“Our intention is to deliver much- needed training via tailored – and subsidised – courses that, in addition to upskilling across all aspects of a business, also provide networking and business development opportunities.”
Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF said: “Construction companies are now operating in a high-pressure environment with contradictory forces. On one hand we are in a cyclical industry that is currently under huge pressure to deliver up to 45,000 houses per year, 115 billion in infrastructure projects, and to retrofit 500,000 homes. “On the other hand we are under pressure to be more productive and deliver all of this activity more efficiently. It’s essential, therefore, that our companies invest in upskilling and training their employees and management so we can deliver on these incredible societal challenges.”
Dave Flynn, Executive Director at Skillnet Ireland, said: ”We are delighted to partner with the CIF to support professionals in the construction sector through our new Construction Professionals Skillnet. There are over 45,000 SMEs and micro-enterprise operating in the construction industry and uptake by even a fraction of those will result in an uplift in productivity and competitiveness. This will have a huge impact on housing, retrofit and infrastructure delivery, and provide multiple benefits for individuals, communities and the Irish economy overall.”
To learn more about CPSkillnet – or to suggest courses or topics to be included in the programme – contact Liz Carroll, Network Manager, Construction Professionals Skillnet. Tel: 087 – 932 3749; email: firstname.lastname@example.org