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Pact for Skills in Construction - Mobilising quality investments and commitments to improve construction skills

08/02/2022

The EU sectoral social partners of the construction industry, EFBWW and FIEC, in cooperation with EBC, published the Pact for Skills in Construction, an initiative promoted by the European Commission in the framework of the “EU Skills Agenda”.

Calling for concrete commitments by construction and education stakeholders at all levels, this Pact aims at mobilising a concerted effort among private and public partners for quality investment in vocational education and training, as well as in knowledge, skills, and competences to the benefit the European construction sector workforce.

Johan Lindholm, EFBWW President states: “The construction sector is facing a labour shortage for many years. There is an urgent need to attract more young workers, more female workers, and skilled workers to the sector. The Pact for Skills is an opportunity to achieve it. Social dialogue has an important role to play: trade unions, employers and Governments need to work together to provide more and updated training to achieve better working conditions, and decent and direct jobs.”

Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights says: “The construction ecosystem relies on well-trained people. New technologies and climate goals mean that workers have to learn and acquire new skills or update them. I commend the important skills partnership launched today by the construction ecosystem, which will see three million workers benefit.”

Full press release here.