Highways UK launches skills survey

Industry professionals are encouraged to take part in a piece of research that aims to examine the scale of the skills shortage faced by the highways sector.

The project is a joint initiative of Highways UK – the conference and exhibition taking place at Birmingham’s NEC in November – Aecom, Machtech, CIHT, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Construction Industry Training Board and Highways England.

Those keen to participate are now invited to respond to a questionnaire, available here, which will help the project partners identify the industry’s current and future skills challenges.

The closing date for responses is 14 October.

“There have been multiple reports and commentaries produced over recent years on the skills shortage, generally across the construction and infrastructure markets,” said Highways UK event organiser Paul Wheeler. “The intent of the Highways UK skills group is to produce a more bespoke piece of research for the roads sector.” 

He added: “Through the online questionnaire survey, interactive sessions within the conference and a more detailed post event workshop we will attempt to draw and report some tangible and meaningful commentary about the highways skills shortage.” 

This will include a practical assessment of the challenges and solutions and explore whether current initiatives are sufficient to plug the skills gap.

Everybody who completes the survey can enter a prize draw to win one of TomTom’s latest Satnav systems. Those who participate are also urged to encourage their colleagues and supply chain partners to take part.

Highways UK takes place from 16-17 November at the NEC in Birmingham. For more information visit highways-uk.com.