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Skills development of employees at SMEs in the construction sector in the North of England

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Publication date09/2010
Host publicationThe Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (COBRA 2010): Proceedings of
PublisherRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-84219-619-9
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventThe Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (COBRA 2010) - Paris, France

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ConferenceThe Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (COBRA 2010)
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period2/09/103/09/10

Conference

ConferenceThe Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (COBRA 2010)
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period2/09/103/09/10

Abstract

In order to achieve a successful development of the economy and society of a country a highly knowledgeable and skilled labour force is needed. Training and skills development are key to maintaining a healthy construction industry in the UK. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in construction to retain a competitive advantage invest on training and development of its employees. This research aims to investigate skills development in SMEs in the construction sector.
To achieve this aim, a series of semi-structured interviews with directors and/or senior managers of 89 SMEs, were conducted. These SMEs selected randomly from a database of SMEs in the construction industry in the North of England. The analysis revealed that there are a range 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. These include awareness, finance, access, geographical location and provision of training and other skills development opportunities.