1. Consider using off-site fabrication suppliers. This could drastically reduce the number of workers you require on site.
  2. Take on apprentices. This needs some financial planning so that there is the cash to keep them on until they complete their skills training. It also needs them to learn to use the tools, not just brew-up for everyone else! Do that and they’ll be earning their keep long before their time is served! Down side is keeping a close eye on them until they get the idea of H&S on sites!
  3. Employ Eastern European skilled tradesmen. Some of them are very good, but you would have to judge the individual. Again, a bit of a down-side to this: – They have to be pretty fluent in English, particularly our construction “Grunt” vernacular. Some, such as electricians, have to get certified under our UK schemes before they can undertake some aspects of their work.
  4. If you suffer a shortage of skilled workers to accelerate your project would mean you getting more work out of them. If they are on price- or piece-work they like that! More money coming in that pays for their family holidays! But how to do that????
  5. Put hands in pockets and pay for a competent, experienced Planner! They will come up with a Detailed Build Programme for you. With that you will know who is supposed to be doing what, where, when and what materials are required so they can get on with it! If the skilled tradesmen know this they usually get all excited, see an opportunity to earn even more and accelerate the project for you even faster! So how do the skilled workers get to know all this??? Simples!!! –
  6. Get really up-to-date and use GenieBelt!!! That will show the Detailed Build Programme to everyone involved and the skilled workers can just have a quick look at their tablet or smart phone to know what, where and when. They’ll even save the site management time by up-dating the progress on their Task themselves!