• The Construction Industry Debate, A collaboration between QP and MCAST

    A two hour debate including QP, MCAST and industry stakeholders took place in June 2016 in order to address what is required to attract the young generation to consider taking up a career in the construction industry.

    The Building Industry owes it to itself to safeguard its long term sustainability. Parents, teachers, young adults and children alike need to be more informed about the job opportunities in construction, which are challenging, rewarding, well paid, interesting and offer internationalisation. The current shortfall in industry vision and visibility of career opportunities is keeping the industry back from developing more strongly.

    Findings show there is an urgent need for the industry to work more closely with the education sector and its career guidance structures to change misconceptions that all work within the construction industry is laborious, dangerous and dirty. The industry also needs to better promote itself and celebrate various landmark construction projects conducted by local industry players in Malta and abroad, and enable guidance teachers and advisors to use these successful case studies to educate and excite young people about the opportunities in this field.

    The collaboration between public and private entities/companies must promote the transformation of the education programme within the construction industry and facilitate the implementation of the next generation of local teenagers’ employment. CID briefing paper.