The business community has welcomed the government’s Construction Sector Deal, recognising the industry’s “indispensable role.”
Announced by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the £420 million deal is a partnership between the government, construction industry and BEIS that will bring the approaches from manufacturing, energy, digital and construction industries to deliver innovative strategies that will result in projects finishing quicker, therefore boosting productivity.
Launched at a Northern Powerhouse Summit, the Construction Sector Deal will accelerate the move to building safer, more affordable and healthier places to live and learn, with an emphasis on delivering the workforce of the future.
The British business community has backed the “ambitious plans” and the Construction Products Association (CPA) believe the deal will provide assurance in light of the uncertainty that still reigns regarding the sector’s role following Brexit.
Like the CPA, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says the Construction Sector Deal recognises the standing of the construction industry in the UK.
Peter Caplehorn, CPA Deputy Chief Executive and Policy Director, said: “These are ambitious plans that will improve and modernise the construction sector, whilst providing much needed reassurance to the supply chain as Brexit-related uncertainty continues to weigh on activity.
“We welcome the government’s recognition of construction as one of the UK’s most important sectors, and construction product manufacturers are at the very heart of its success, with 80% of all products used in the UK being made in the UK, we support nearly every construction project.”
Elsewhere in the British business community, George McFarlane, CBI Sector Development Director, is encouraged in light of the need for staff within the industry.
He said: “Businesses will welcome the Construction Sector Deal, which firmly recognises construction’s indispensable role in driving growth across the UK as part of the Industrial Strategy.
“With the industry needing to fill 158,000 roles over the next three years, the announcement of new training programmes to help develop the sector’s skills pipeline is particularly encouraging.”