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Construction companies build foundations for the future at networking event

26 October 2017

People at Construction Event


Fifty local construction companies attended a networking event to discuss upcoming growth opportunities in Essex.

Companies networked at ‘Construction Opportunities in Essex’, a breakfast event, on Wednesday 25th October at Colchester Institute’s Colchester campus organised by the Essex Employment and Skills Board (ESB). 

The event showed the wealth of opportunity in Essex for the construction sector over the next ten or more years, along with the positive steps being taken to address the skills shortages and negative perceptions of the sector. This lead to discussions on how their business would prepare for the future pipeline and their business support needs. 

Businesses also heard about the work of Colchester Institute in supporting employers to make their construction courses more industry-focused, as well as how the BEST Growth Hub can help businesses identify and realise their potential. 

Cllr Gagan Mohindra, Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Essex County Council, said: “Construction is a vital sector in Essex, employing 64,500 people across the county, so it was important for construction companies to get together. As well as gaining valuable insight and information, the event gave them the opportunity to network and build relationships.

“The event covered the industry as a whole and discussed future workforce and growth opportunities to meet the exciting and significant future pipeline.

For further information on Construction, visit: Fifty local construction companies attended a networking event to discuss upcoming growth opportunities in Essex.

Companies networked at ‘Construction Opportunities in Essex’, a breakfast event, on Wednesday 25th October at Colchester Institute’s Colchester campus organised by the Essex Employment and Skills Board (ESB). 

The event showed the wealth of opportunity in Essex for the construction sector over the next ten or more years, along with the positive steps being taken to address the skills shortages and negative perceptions of the sector. This lead to discussions on how their business would prepare for the future pipeline and their business support needs. 

Businesses also heard about the work of Colchester Institute in supporting employers to make their construction courses more industry-focused, as well as how the BEST Growth Hub can help businesses identify and realise their potential. 

Cllr Gagan Mohindra, Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Essex County Council, said: “Construction is a vital sector in Essex, employing 64,500 people across the county, so it was important for construction companies to get together. As well as gaining valuable insight and information, the event gave them the opportunity to network and build relationships.

“The event covered the industry as a whole and discussed future workforce and growth opportunities to meet the exciting and significant future pipeline.

For further information on Construction, visit: essexesb.co.uk.