A Quarter of a Million Extra Construction Workers Required by 2026

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In 2026, more than a quarter of a million extra construction workers will be required. To stand any chance of keeping up with the industry demand in the UK. Which is great news for this sector in particular, when others are facing harder times due to the financial crisis and a shortage of jobs. But, how will this impact the sector as a whole, and how can we keep up with the growing demand?


Over the next 4 years we will see an increase of construction workers required due to the increased amount of projects planned. There will be roughly 2.78 million construction workers needed by 2026, which is equivalent to over 53,000 new recruits a year!

So why the urgent need for recruitment we hear you ask?

The Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) annual forecast predicts that the sector is expected to grow dramatically over the next 4 years. In particular, the private housing, infrastructure and maintenance sectors will see a large amount of growth. The board is looking to focus on improving training courses and expanding the training routes available to potential construction workers. 


Carpenters, joiners and construction managers will be the most in demand roles within the construction industry. With this in mind we would recommend booking onto the following NPORS training courses:

Construction Site Manager

For those individuals that already have responsibilities involving planning, organising and monitoring staff, or for anyone that will in the future, then this course will be great for you. The course will run for 5 days and in that time individuals will cover the following:

  • The principles of leadership
  • Confined spaces
  • How to use scaffolds
  • Working at height
  • Planning and control of mobile plant
  • Managing temporary works
  • The importance of accurately measuring, monitoring and reporting on health and safety on site
  • Protecting the workforce from exposure to hazardous substances

To view the full course details, visit our website.

Health and Safety Courses

All sectors require a certain level of health and safety in the workplace, not just the construction industry. If you haven’t already got the following health and safety courses under your belt then we would recommend booking onto them. Most of the below courses are perfect for the construction industry, however the skills can be transferred to other sectors:

All of our health and safety courses can be found on our website

Plant Mover Course

The Plant Mover course will allow construction workers to learn how to operate plant equipment, but not to the full extent as typical workers would learn. It might be that workers need to move machines around for maintenance or delivery purposes. Anyone looking for work as a plant mechanic, or even a plant equipment delivery driver, will need some knowledge of moving a machine, however only the basics will be required. 

For those interested in finding out more about our Plant Mover course, the following will be covered:

  • Be able to locate and identify key controls and explain their functions
  • Demonstrate how to load and unload machines for transportation purposes
  • Carry out all safety checks within the work area
  • Prepare machines for use and operate safely
  • Understand various types of PPE required

The course length will depend on any prior experience that the operator has, but we can assess individuals before the course begins. Once an individual completes the Plant Mover course, the qualification will be valid for 5 years. A refresher course will then be required. To reserve a space on our upcoming course, get in touch with us today. 


Deciding to invest in additional training can be a difficult decision to make, especially when it ultimately comes down to costs, and the financial situation of the country. Regional breakdowns show that in Greater London, an extra 26,000 workers will be required by 2026, and the South East will need 23,000. 

Furthermore, the South West also needs to recruit the most workers as they need 41,950 in total. This should be enough evidence to persuade workers to expand their knowledge and experience within the construction sector. Especially as this particular sector is majorly supporting the UK economy!


Our main training site is based in Kent, local for anyone in the South East and surrounding areas. We also operate in Devon, Durham and Yorkshire as well. If you’re not local to any of these areas we can also arrange for our instructors to teach on an external site, at a time and date to suit the company or operators.

We welcome both novices and operators with previous experience onto our courses. So if you’re unqualified or want to get the additional training you require, get in touch with us today!

Call us on: 01634 295355 or email us for more information.