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Building after Brexit: an industry action plan

Construction / 11 March 2019

A group of construction industry organisations including the Federation of Master Builders with whom Lorna Carter, our Head of Construction, has a long history, has published a new report, Building after Brexit: an industry action plan which can be found here

The report says that the CITB’s Construction Skills Network predicts that the UK construction industry will need to fill 168,500 jobs between now and 2023, and 410,000 jobs by 2030. Whilst the report concentrates on how to build the domestic workforce, the industry action plan is a twin track strategy seeking to maintain access to the migrant workers while building the domestic workforce.  To this end the report suggests a number of approaches for building the domestic workforce:

  1. Attracting domestic new talent by way of further education to include restructuring construction T levels, providing apprenticeships and making career paths clearer and more attractive.
  2. Retaining the current workforce by investing in training and improving industry culture including improved mental health support and supporting older construction workers to stay in the workforce.
  3. Improving productivity including adopting modern methods of construction.
  4. Reforms to infrastructure procurement so that clients and contractors share risks more effectively. The report also suggests adopting Section 106 Planning agreements model to implement a presumption in favour of offsite manufacture.

The report sets out specific actions for Government, for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and for the industry as a whole. However, it remains clear that access to migrant workers is crucial to the industry.

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