YORKSHIRE builders are expecting to recruit more workers.
They will need to to help meet sustained demand for major development schemes across the region.
A report by training body Construction Skills said the industry in Yorkshire was set to grow by 1.6% a year for the next five years.
The UK average is 1.7%.
That means the industry would need an extra 10,670 recruits between now and 2012, equal to 6,620 new recruits a year.
The biggest need would be for painters and decorators, scaffolders, joiners and carpenters, civil and mechanical engineers and electricians.
Ken Parker, area manager for ConstructionSkills in Yorkshire, said: “We’ve identified the scale of skills needed for projects across the region.
“It’s essential we work with employers and training providers to put in place the practical, on-site training that will help local people get the skills they need to fill local job vacancies.”
The report said growth was being driven by major construction programmes.
That includes work to upgrade schools, a £500m expansion of York University campus, planned improvements to the M1 and M62 and a £100m scheme at Wakefield railway station.
The repair and maintenance sector would also grow as people put right damage caused by flooding last year.