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That’s the verdict of a new Government commissioned report by Mark Farmer, CEO of Cast Consultancy.

Over the last couple of decades or so the construction industry has published two key reports.  First in 1994, there was the Sir Michael Latham’s Constructing the Team and then in 1998, Sir John Egan’s report Rethinking Construction. Both potentially hugely influential reports that equally condemned industry practices as 'adversarial', 'ineffective', 'fragmented' and 'incapable of delivering for its clients'. Pretty damming stuff. Where have we progressed to in 2016? Well, we now have the Farmer report published just last month, challengingly titled - Modernise or Die.  Frankly this is not an easy read either for we have not seemingly heeded the warnings of Latham or Egan.  Mark Farmer finds that the industry could see a 25% decline in the available labour force within a decade with 700,000 new people needed in the next five years to replace those retiring. 

Now this is a hobby horse of mine because at Ellis we are fierce advocates of training and development but frankly, it can be a real slog to dovetail effective off-site training with vocational learning. Schools fail to properly promote that construction is an interesting, dynamic and well paid industry.  At Ellis we’re trying to reshape this by working with local schools and colleges. How many other careers give you an opportunity to work on what are essentially bespoke projects every day?

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Here are the latest progress pictures for King Edward’s Parade where Ellis are building 10 luxury apartments and four high-end town houses.

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Ellis have been on site at Strawberry Hill for just over a month now. Here is a progress picture of the foundations. These foundations will eventually support 10 modern one and two bedroom retirement apartments

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