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£13 billion Pipeline of Construction Projects for Leeds City Region

Published 7 November 2016

A research report released at Leeds College of Building by CITB last week highlights significant issues and challenges for the short and medium term particularly around levels of the skills and availability of labour required to fulfil the multi-billion pound pipeline of construction projects expected within the region in the coming years.

The research, commissioned by Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, reveals a particular need for civil engineers, labourers, plant operatives and logistics professionals alongside high level demand for people with cross-cutting skills like project management and finance.

CITB’s analysis predicts demand for an additional 13,000 workers, bringing the region’s construction workforce to 120,000. In addition, more than 2,000 bricklayers, 3,000 painters and decorators and 4,000 process managers are required to fulfil demand created by new housing projects around the region, transport and infrastructure investment, flood risk management as well as commercial projects such as Leeds South Bank, Kirklees Enterprise Zone and regeneration of the Castleford Waterfront and Kirkgate areas of Wakefield City Centre.

Jeremy Wright, CITB Partnership Manager for Leeds City Region explained:

“This report shows that there are real opportunities in construction in the area and beyond. Young people considering their career options should see that there are fantastic opportunities to be had in construction.

This research reveals there is a strong pipeline of work in the region. We need people out there on site, but we also need a whole range of people doing vital back office and support jobs.”

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Louise Tearle, Partnership Director for West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges and Leeds City Region Skills Network said:

“A skilled workforce is vital for the local economy - we will continue to work closely with the LEP and CITB in order to ensure that the opportunities and findings presented within the research are addressed through partnership working in order to meet this demand and create real economic value. The LEP skills service is already helping businesses in the region train and upskill their staff and construction company’s can benefit from access to this support.”

Speaking at the launch of the report, Peter Duffy, Managing Director of Wakefield-based construction and engineering business Peter Duffy Ltd, and construction sector representative on the LEP’s Employment and Skills Panel, added:

“I urge fellow construction employers to take advantage of the LEP’s skills service which supports businesses to develop the talent and skills in their workforce in order to grow.

The skills service gives support and advice to develop or refine your training plan and find the best courses to develop your staff, whether that’s an apprenticeship, a qualification or a bespoke course.”

To access the research report, click here.

For more information about the LEP skills service, visit or contact or 0113 3861910.


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