There is a shortage of skilled workers in Britain; from plumbers and builders to engineers. Construction and technical companies have blamed the recession for a lack of apprentices and have called on the government and schools to promote trades. Despite this, demand for workers in this area has never been higher. So, how’s the state of tradesman industry looking overall?
Back in 2013, only 7,280 apprentices completed their training across all trades whilst the training body estimates that 35,000 are needed just to meet demand.
The Royal Academy of Engineering suggests Britain will need more than one million new engineers and technicians by 2020. This mean will mean doubling the current annual figure of engineering graduates and apprentices. There is a shortage in all sectors from transport to high-value manufacturing.
The construction industry is growing extremely quickly compared to the rest of the economy:
So, despite an increase in demand and in pay, why is it that so few apprentices and graduates are coming through in the traditional trade industries?
A recent survey of students aged 14 to 18 years of age (80% male, 20% female to maintain statistical integrity) found that 94% of students were not interested in pursuing a career in the trades.
In addition to this, 54% of young people believed that working in computers led to a better future, 37% believed working in an office gains you more respect and 25% believed that trade jobs were ‘old-fashioned’. That means fitting internal bi-fold doors wouldn’t be too popular at the moment – can you believe it?!
Unfortunately, there is always going to be a relative degree of prejudice when it comes to looking for a skilled tradesman; an older worker may appear more trusted due to their experience. Therefore, especially if you’re younger, it’s essential to do the following things to turn leads into work:
Whilst it’s impossible to ‘be older’, acting maturely and dressing smartly can help you to appear more experienced.
Things that aren’t as important and could save your business money are:
Business cards, however, are always essential – even if it’s not a deciding factor in earning you your current job. Remember – the biggest number of leads are generated through word-of-mouth – if they can give your card to someone else that ‘liked their patio doors‘ and wants the same doing, you’ve expanded your reach simply by doing a good job.
For many people, there is real satisfaction in doing some DIY work yourself which is why we have made handy guides on how to install external bifold doors, and how to fit and install internal doors. Another benefit to people doing smaller DIY jobs by themselves is they can save up that additional money for exciting, larger projects!
Whether you’re a professional tradesman or a DIY enthusiast, you can trust the quality of Climadoor’s internal doors and external doors. Check out our full range today and if you have any queries, our customer service team is always happy to help so get in touch today.
Reasons to shop
Specialist suppliers of high quality, internal and external folding and french doors at realistic prices.
Delivery to most mainland UK postcodes within 3-7 working days. Charges to non UK mainland may apply.
Secure online payment processing through Sage Pay, for your peace of mind.