Good first steps to support construction recovery

Chancellor Rishi Sunak gave his summer economic statement today (8 July), announcing the support measures the government will put in place to help in the recovery of Covid-19. The announcement focused on job retention, and plans to help young people into employment.

Commenting on the announcement, Steve Radley CITB Strategy and Policy Director, said:

“Today’s measures are a good first step in supporting construction to invest in the skills to drive recovery, and to provide opportunities to young people. But a lot of work is needed between now and the autumn Budget to deliver what industry needs, given that apprenticeships were falling heavily before the crisis hit.

“Investment in the CLC’s Talent Retention Scheme, and bonuses for recruiting new apprentices, will help employers recruit and develop the existing workforce, as well as new talent.

“The Talent Retention scheme will match thousands of displaced workers with construction employers in need of their skills. CITB will actively support the delivery of the Talent Retention Scheme, and work closely with impacted apprentices ensuring they have the best opportunity of being retained and completing their training.

“Support for traineeships will be a helpful addition to the CLC work CITB and others are undertaking to bridge the divide between education and work.

“And while the Green Homes Grant scheme will give smaller firms greater confidence in future work, we need to realise the opportunities to retrofit homes and public buildings in a more comprehensive and strategic way.”