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  Trade bodies launch construction industry Brexit Manifesto

Trade bodies launch construction industry Brexit Manifesto

1 January 2018 Email this article

A number of trade organisations have joined together to launch a construction industry manifesto for Brexit.

The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), Construction Products Association (CPA), Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), Federation of Master Builders (FMB), Home Builders Federation (HBF) and National Federation of Builders (NFB) have worked together to create the Construction Industry Brexit Manifesto, which details what the sector needs to thrive after the UK leaves the EU.

All of these major construction umbrella groups and federations agree that the construction industry should be viewed by the Government as a strategic industry, as without it Ministers will be unable to meet their ambitious plans for the delivery of new homes and infrastructure projects.

Construction represents 10% of total UK employment and is a key driver of jobs and economic growth right across the UK. Therefore the skills requirements of the sector must be taken into account as the Government shapes its post-Brexit skills and immigration policies.

The Construction Industry Brexit Manifesto includes recommendations to Government and Industry on what they can both do to boost construction skills and help ensure that there a sufficient number of skilled construction works now and in the longer term.

This includes recommendations on:

• Existing workforce retention

• Determining the industry’s future needs

• Transition period and rules

• Post-transitional framework.