The relationship between skills and productivity

Mohamed S. Abdel-Wahab, Guy Hazlehurst, Andrew Dainty, Stephen Ison

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The UK construction industry needs to increase its productivity to compete internationally and to be able to survive. Therefore, understanding the impact of training and skills development is vital for the CITB-ConstructionSkills, as it is committed to playing a key role in promoting and facilitating the training of sufficient people to ensure the development of a world-class construction industry. The research
and development team is providing strategic intelligence and policy advice to the directorate of skills strategy. This involves liaising with employers in the industry to establish current/future skill requirements, and establishing productivity improvement opportunities. In addition, making the business case for skills alongside productivity is essential to persuade employers to engage in training. This raises the issue of
measuring productivity, as a means of understanding deficiency in skills. So, the research aims to investigate the relationship between skills and productivity in order to support future policy development. Moreover, CITB-ConstructionSkills should not only respond to the short-term needs of the industry, but rather be in a position to support its future needs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventARCOM Doctoral Workshop on Skills, Training and Development in the Construction Industry - Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Nov 200530 Nov 2005


ConferenceARCOM Doctoral Workshop on Skills, Training and Development in the Construction Industry
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityNewcastle upon Tyne
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  • ConstructionSkills
  • EngD
  • labour coefficients
  • productivity
  • skills


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