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Building a Better Future for the Construction Industry

CECA: Triggering Article 50 must fire starting gun in skills race   29th March 2017

Civils contractors today said that now that the Prime Minister has officially triggered Article 50, the future health of the UK construction industry is reliant on managing skills challenges that might arise from leaving the EU.

An estimated 8 per cent of the UK’s construction workforce is composed of EU nationals, whose status in the UK postBrexit remains subject to negotiations. 

At the same time it is estimated that the sector needs to add around 200,000 new entrants by the end of the decade in order to keep up with projected demand.

Commenting, Director of External Affairs for the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Marie-Claude Hemming said: “There is a substantial pipeline of projects that will be delivered both during and after the process of Brexit.

“If these schemes are to be delivered as planned, we must ensure the workforce is suitably skilled, so that employers can find the right people for the job.

“The provision of infrastructure is a proven driver of growth in the economy. As Britain looks towards our future outside the EU, we must ensure we both upskill the existing workforce, and attract new entrants to the industry.

“Failure to tackle the skills deficit head-on will jeopardise the economic future of an independent UK, and prevent us from keeping up with our global competitors.

“Brexit is a historic juncture for UK plc. We owe it to future generations to get the skills challenge right, and deliver the infrastructure that will be the foundation of a strong, pro-growth economy.”
  

 

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