"Availability of human resources in construction is the most important element in the implementation of the development strategy for the industry," said the first deputy head of the Analytical Center Gleb Pokatovich opening a round table on the development of the human resources potential and a system of qualifications in construction.
"It is no coincidence that we postponed this issue until the last stage of the development of the strategy," added Diana Kaplinskaya, the head of the expert analytics department of the Analytical Center. "The thing is that if we don't have people who can implement the strategy there is really no point to having a strategy in the first place."
Andrey Volkov, NIU MSU rector, explained that there is an acute shortage of human resources in the construction sector today, the industry's experiencing a brain drain and an ageing of the human capital. He also added that over 10% of the new vacancies that have appeared in construction today remain unfilled. In the trade education system there still remains a huge gap between the kind of outcomes that educational organizations teach towards and the actual needs of the industry. Construction sector players also report a serious shortage of good managers.
The experts opined that professional standards must meet today's global trends such as digitization and the fourth industrial revolution. Specifically, participants in the discussion believe that modern training programs must include IT, distance learning and augmented reality technologies. After all the future architects and builders are going to create smart cities.
"Essentially, at the academic level we need to offer a new set of training programmes that combine the interests of individuals, those of society, nature and technologies. To that end we need to rebuild the potential of industry competencies and create new ones," Mr Volkov explained. On the whole training programmes must aim to meet not just today's requirements but also the future requirements of the construction sector, the expert stressed.
"Trade education must anticipate future needs of the industry rather than simply responding and trying to catch up with change, it must create a platform for innovations and digitization," Ms Kaplinskaya summed up.