To drive the economic recovery post‐COVID‐19, the industry will need to overcome its longstanding skills gaps. Whilst we continue to discuss the new Points‐Based Immigration System with the Home Office, employers should look at what they can do to recruit the next generation of UK workers as well as retain the existing workforce. One of the best ways to show how fantastic it is to work in construction is to open up our sites, offices and other workplaces or host an online event during Open Doors from Monday 4 ‐ Saturday 9 October. There have already been 100 events registered to take people behind the hoardings and if your organisation is yet to get involved what are you waiting for!

You have until 24 September to upload the details on the Open Doors website.

Following on from Build UK’s project with Timewise it was identifed that that flexible working is key to retaining a more diverse workforce, and Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol recently joined a Construction News roundtable on this issue saying:“We keep talking about more diversity in construction but we’ve actually got to do things differently to make a difference”. To find out how to implement flexible working across your business, download Build UK’s industry‐wide toolkit which includes a 10‐point action plan that companies of all sizes can use.