Some of the biggest names in construction are gearing up for the start of one of the UK’s leading industry conferences and exhibitions.

More than 40,000 professionals from right across the sector are expected to attend Ecobuild.

Issues central to the future growth of the industry will be up for discussion, including the skills shortage, housing and infrastructure.

As part of the event, which runs from March 8 to 10, a construction-focused recruitment show will be held.

The Construction Job Show on the third day of Ecobuild will showcase some of the employment opportunities on offer in the sector.

CITB Partnerships Director, Sarah Fenton, will be speaking on the final day about inspiring talent and nurturing the next generation of skills.

Employers of all sizes will have the chance to meet the next generation of workers to ensure they have the talent in place to meet growing demand.

Jobseekers will be able to find out all the information they need to take their first steps towards a career in the industry.

Martin Hurn, Ecobuild event director, says the event aims to address the skills shortage affecting construction.

He says: “With the recent news from Construction Industry Training Board predicting an additional 232,000 job roles being created over the next five years, we believe this skills gap will be a core topic being discussed on day three of Ecobuild.”

Elsewhere, the conference will look at some of the exciting innovations set to revolutionise the construction sector over the coming years.

Speakers will be giving their views on how new materials and techniques will shape the industry in areas such as housing and infrastructure.

One exciting scheme up for discussion will be the Thames Deckway, which could create a floating cycle path for commuters in London.

Solutions to the housing crisis will also be on the agenda, with the role of zero-carbon homes and smart homes set to be debated.