Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has welcomed Government approval to advance a number of measures to promote careers in construction.

A budget of €750,000 has been allocated to advance the recently published Careers in Construction report, which is available here.

This includes a peer-to-peer social media campaign to dispel myths surrounding careers in construction and a campaign to advise skilled construction workers abroad of the opportunities in Ireland and the pipeline of work in construction.

Minister Harris met Irish construction workers in London who are working on sites across the United Kingdom to discuss the career opportunities in the construction sector in Ireland.

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Minister Harris said:

It is essential we continue to support people entering the sector.  This is vital to meeting our Housing for All targets and to ensure we address the most significant challenge our generation is facing.

There are a number of misconceptions about a career in construction. There are fears construction is a boom and bust career, or that it is for a certain gender, or a certain stage in their career.

This funding will seek to dispel some of those myths. It is designed to ensure that people considering construction or upskilling from their current role in the sector know the investment the State is making in this overall area over the next decade, and also that we are changing how we deliver housing and large infrastructural projects through Modern Methods of Construction.

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In addition, the Department is looking at structural changes so that people are aware of and learning about construction careers including through apprenticeship at an earlier point in their education, working closely with the NDepartment of Education, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and professional representative organisations.

New resources relating to Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) are also being developed through Skillnet Ireland, which will highlight the new opportunities in this growing area.

 

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Minister Harris added:

We also know Irish construction workers are in high demand. Many left Ireland during the economic crash and have not returned and are now working on sites across the world.

A part of this funding will be used to engage with construction workers abroad to assess the motivations for moving abroad and establish any barriers to coming home.

We know many are living in the United Kingdom.  During my visit to London I met a small number of them to discuss the opportunities that Ireland can offer to people seeking a meaningful career in this area.

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