Construction

Orkney's construction industry remains in good health, with major building projects and a demand for new housing driving the sector.

Housebuilding in Orkney

Housebuilding in Orkney

Construction work on a new housing development

Construction work on a new housing development

A new housing development

A new housing development

Early construction stages on a new house build

Early construction stages on a new house build

Excavation work on Orkney

Excavation work on Orkney

New housing developments in Kirkwall

New housing developments in Kirkwall

New council housing at Peerie Sea Loan in Kirkwall

New council housing at Peerie Sea Loan in Kirkwall

A 60 tonne crane about to start work

A 60 tonne crane about to start work

The Orkney Association of the Scottish Building Federation represents many of the county’s construction firms, with more than 16 members operating throughout the islands. Many are experts in specialist trade skills. The federation’s benefits include advice on day-to-day operations and best practice, support services and representation. All members are committed to health and safety, skills and integrity and the delivery of the highest standards, professionalism and performance.

The Orkney Construction Training Group organises and co-ordinates training activities within the construction industry as and when required by its member companies, and to liaise with national and local industry bodies in order to promote the training needs of the construction industry.

The group is supported by CITB who along with the group members, agree annual targets which must be met as a condition of grant funding.  This allows OCTG to provide cost effective local training to all members.

Orkney College, which is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, runs nationally accredited skills training courses for apprentices of the building trade, such as carpentry, joinery and bricklaying. The college also offers courses in traditional building skills.