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Demand for architects on the increase

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Demand for architects will surge over the next five years, driven by a rising need in private residential and infrastructure markets, according to the latest Construction Skills Network report

More than 47,200 architects will be required to handle expected levels of construction activity in 2020, a workforce 7 per cent larger than the 44,090 needed this year.

The government’s ‘ambitious’ house building goals will return residential markets to their pre-recession size over the same period, the report by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) claims.

The board’s report names architecture as one of job categories for which demand will be “particularly strong”. The other two are surveyors and construction trades supervisors.

Meanwhile outputs in infrastructure will be swelled by big ticket projects such as Hinckley Point in Somerset and the HS2 high speed railway.

According to CITB director of policy Steve Radley, the figures indicate a need to attract extra workers and train those already employed.

‘All types of training, and especially apprenticeships, will be vital to delivering this pipeline of work,’ he added.

’This positive forecast should inspire more people to start apprenticeships, and more firms to take them on.’

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