2024 OECD Infrastructure Forum

Breakout 4B - Local construction skills for resilient infrastructure: addressing the capacity gap

Apr 10, 2024 | 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM


Auditorium Recently announced large-scale investments in infrastructure are set to significantly boost the demand for construction workers, especially in places with large-scale projects. However, the sector is already facing numerous unfilled vacancies, especially in regions and cities with a decline in young people entering the industry. The shift towards sustainable and climate-resilient infrastructure is also creating new skill gaps. If no action is taken, local labour and skills construction shortages may delay projects and drive-up costs. This session looks at how to tackle these shortages effectively, such as by providing better career guidance, opportunities for re-skilling and up-skilling, and investing in digital skills at the local level.

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