LEADERS from the region’s construction sector have urged the government to invest in construction jobs and training as a route out of recession and back to growth.
Figures from CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Industry Training Board for the construction industry, suggest nearly 7,000 fewer people working in construction in the south east by the end of next year if action is not taken to stimulate growth in the region.
The organisation says that while the region’s construction output will grow at 2.9 per cent between 2013 and 2017, higher than the UK average of 2.6 per cent, the repair and maintenance sector of the industry will underperform.
A trade coalition has been formed to launch a Construction4Growth campaign, which will address economic concerns in the region and lobby government to increase investment and put construction at the heart of economic recovery.
Roger Stone, sector strategy manager for CITB-ConstructionSkills in the region, said: ‘We need to meet the challenges for the good of the economy, our industry and the people who work in it.’