Demand for piling operatives is currently outstripping supply, according to recruitment agency Barker Ross Civil Engineering.
The company is now offering to meet the cost of certification for those with the right skills but lacking it current documents to enable them to work in the industry.
“We are seeing a continual increase in demand as the economy picks and it appears as though some skills, such as piling, may have been lost during the recession,” said Barker Ross Construction and Barker Ross Civil Engineering operations director Antony Rowe.
“Piling is a very specialist operation, and we are seeing a distinct skills shortage which is holding up projects. There is such a lack of talent that contractors are utilising European workers to fill jobs. To help our clients, we have decided to pay for certification for competent piling operatives so we can fill positions on our books. These workers are skilled operatives, who just lack the necessary paperwork who are needed on site sooner rather than later.”