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News - 18 August 2003
|£29k just to get him on the ladder|
Construction Workers Don’t Come Cheap
The Government’s £5m “Ambition Construction” scheme designed to entice people into the construction training is a glaring example of the problems facing the industry.
Over the course of 12 months the government has injected £5m into the scheme but it attracted only 775 people of whom only 171 went on to work in the industry. This equates to £29,000 per job and must be very disappointing for both the government and the industry.
With a glut of large scale developments in the pipeline Brighton risks facing a shortage of construction workers particularly since regional developments may soak up supply (e.g. redevelopment of Heathrow, ODPM plans for new build housing in the south east). The Economic Partnership is working with a number of key players in the city to try to address the problem.
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