The aim of this paper is to present discussions and elaborations on some
of the key skills development barriers for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the construction sector.
The research methodology employed in this project involved conducting a
series of semi-structured interviews with Directors and/or Senior Managers
of 89 SMEs, with an emphasis being on their utilisation of design for general construction including building design and manufacturing of construction products.
The investigation concludes that there are a number of barriers that may hinder the efforts of many training initiatives offered by organisations and government departments to help SMEs to gain a competitive advantage. The research revealed that there are many barriers to training. These include awareness, finance, geographical location and provision of training and other skills development opportunities.
This investigation identifies some of key barriers to learning and training that have perpetuated skill gaps and skill shortages in SMEs in the construction sector. This may help academicians and professionals in their attempts to bridge these gaps and shortages.