Skills Shortage Prompts New Division For Pre Construction Specialists

Central Alliance, the UK’s leading pre construction experts, has warned of a skills shortage in specialist engineering as some key infrastructure projects are started.

To help plug the gap and counteract the threat to business and professional individuals, Central Alliance has launched ‘Recruitment Central’, a specialist recruitment business.

Pete Bevils founded Yorkshire head-quartered Central Alliance, three years ago to provide a comprehensive pre construction service to construction , rail, energy and transport sectors. Majoring on large projects with complex pre-construction requirements, the company has won major framework agreements and contracts, particularly in the rail sector.

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Peter Bevils, CEO of Central Alliance, middle, with Joe Fowley, left and Kevin Crisp.

But Mr Bevils said that the greatest risk to construction businesses in 2017 was the lack of enough well trained, skilled professionals across all levels from tradespeople to senior executive level operating in the industry.

“A series of high profile, high value projects are starting this year which demand skilled, professional and ambitious individuals.  Businesses want guarantees that the people they are recruiting are accredited, ethical and enthusiastic.  Meanwhile employees want to work for reputable companies who will give them the right platform for their unique talents.

“Experienced recruiters Kevin Crisp and Joe Fowley know the construction sector and can understand the business aims, company values and culture of our customers and link them to consistent, high calibre candidates.  Already our approach is paying off and linked to our overall strategy of creating a unique portal to provide all the pre construction services and products that companies need, we are well placed to maintain our aggressive growth,” he added.

Kevin Crisp who has made a successful career in specialised construction recruitment said: “There is renewed national focus to build a ‘Northern Powerhouse’.  Central Alliance is well placed to serve all associated infrastructure projects and recruiting the right people is key to this.”

“We know and understand what both employers and employees are looking for thanks to our regular contact with both sides.  Recruitment Central will expand our services and place us as an ethical, knowledgeable business,” he said.