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Technology and skills in the construction industry

‘Technology and Skills in the Construction Industry’ details the findings of a study into the role of technology in driving high level skills needs in the construction industry, with a specific focus on offsite construction.2 The construction industry is one of the most important sectors to the UK economy, with 12 per cent of construction taking place offsite (Taylor, 2010). This report is one of a number of studies commissioned with the purpose of understanding the skills needs of Government priority sectors. 3 This is essential in order to ensure appropriate responses in relation to tackling skills gaps and shortages, so that the UK is best placed to compete in a global marketplace. The research used a mixed approach of depth interviews with academics, industry representative bodies, employers, trade associations and professional institutes, combined with a literature review and roundtable discussion events.