Essex Construction Alliance events help businesses grow in county’s biggest sector

Business / Thu 8th Feb 2024 at 10:15am

A NEW event series is ensuring construction businesses can embrace local opportunities in Essex’s biggest sector.

Formed by Essex County Council, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the Essex Construction Alliance is open to businesses of all shapes and sizes from Tier 1 contractors to sole traders.

It is the first place for construction businesses to hear about growth opportunities, networking and best practice in the county’s £5.3 billion sector.

The next event at Billericay Town FC on 27 February 2024 will explore the transition to net-zero, passive builds and retrofits.

This is especially pertinent in Essex, where around 650,000 homes will need retrofitting by 2050.

The event will also provide an expert overview of the Building Safety Act 2022 and its impact on local businesses, as well as presentations and discussions on skills and apprenticeships.

Essex’s construction sector holds enormous opportunities for the future with 148,000 new homes due to be built by 2036.

The county’s Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) total more than £40 billion and include projects such as new freeports and the Lower Thames Crossing.

Councillor Louise McKinlay, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Levelling Up, Communities and Business Engagement at Essex County Council, said: “Essex has a substantial pipeline of major construction projects. With garden communities, new schools and more, we need to ensure local businesses are fully equipped to deliver the infrastructure we need for a thriving, sustainable and inclusive economy.

“The sector is undoubtedly growing and contains many micro enterprises and the self-employed. The Essex Construction Alliance demonstrates our commitment to nurturing these businesses and enabling them to seize exciting opportunities close to home.”

Councillor Tony Ball, Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning, and Employability at Essex County Council, added: “Preserving a thriving construction sector requires highly skilled workers. More than 46,000 people are employed in the sector in Essex, and this figure is expected to rise by 38% by 2040.

“The upcoming Essex Construction Alliance event will present opportunities to build a future talent pipeline while developing our existing professionals. We expect lively discussions on the current skills gap and look forward to hearing about our local training providers’ innovative solutions.”

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