Figures from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) today reveal that construction employment in the East of England is set to rise by nearly 14,000 in the next five years, with an estimated total of 251,660 jobs in the sector by 2020.

CITB’s annual Construction Skills Network report predicts that the trades likely to fuel this rise are construction trade supervisors, rising by 3.3%, construction project managers (2.9%) and logistics workers (2.8%).

The CSN report also reveals that construction output will grow at a projected annual average rate of 2.3% in the next five years.

Infrastructure should benefit from projects such as a new dual carriageway between the A14 in Ellington and Milton junction on the Cambridge bypass, as well as a new renewable energy park in Fengate, Peterborough.

Growth will also be driven by a number of new retail and office developments, such as the new tech park in Downham Market, and a £500m Cambridge University expansion.

To help deliver this pipeline of work, CITB has joined forces with the construction industry to produce Go Construct, a web portal that helps people find out about the range of great construction career opportunities available.

Janette Welton-Pai, CITB partnerships manager, said:

“We can’t build the Britain we want without apprenticeships and the careers they lead to. That’s why we want these new statistics, showing solid, sustained growth, to inspire more people across East of England to start apprenticeships and more construction firms to take them on.

“We also want to attract workers who have left the industry to return, and upskill those in it, so we can deliver major projects and new housing faster and better.”