Housing supply

Government hires construction workers to ‘meet demand’ when housing supply increases

A Housing for All initiative dedicated to the recruitment of construction workers has been launched by the government.

Social Care Minister Heather Humphreys and Higher and Further Education, Research, Innovation and Science Minister Simon Harris today (Thursday 5 May) launched the FutureBuilding initiative to support the construction industry.

The pilot initiative – run by an Intreo team from the Department of Social Protection, SOLAS and the Education and Training Commissions – will run for 18 months.

Speaking today, Minister Harris said: “We clearly have a housing crisis caused by a shortage of supply. However, as the supply increases, we must ensure that we have enough people to meet the demand.

“This will mean supporting the industry in returning existing workers to full employment and a significant increase in education and training opportunities, including commitments to curricula and apprenticeships and the delivery of new courses.”

He continued: “This new FutureBuilding initiative will see people from training agencies across the country working with Intreo within the Department of Social Care to identify people to place directly into employment in the sector and guide them towards relevant education and training opportunities.”

According to Minister Humphreys, there are “an enormous number of employment opportunities” in the construction sector.

She said: “Through the new FutureBuilding initiative, we will work directly with jobseekers, support them with training and skills development and match them with employers.

“This is part of a major recruitment campaign in the construction sector. Later this month I will also be launching a specific construction labor and skills week which will see almost 40 events organized nationwide to promote jobs, training and learning in construction and careers. associated.”

SOLAS Chief Executive Andrew Brownlee said: “FutureBuilding is an important and collaborative initiative to ensure the right opportunities, whether recruiting or training, are in the hands of the right people at the right time. . SOLAS – and the ETBS providing this vital training nationwide – fully understand the urgency of this shared national goal.

“We are committed to ensuring that a talented pipeline of ambitious and motivated people goes through the Continuing Education System (FET) and into the construction industry.”

“Higher education, training and apprenticeships have a vital role to play in building the skills the Irish labor market needs to tackle the housing crisis, a core objective of Housing For All. The FET sector offers a diverse and dynamic range of construction courses – aimed at young school leavers, those re-entering the workforce or those looking to retrain or upskill in the construction industry. ”