Councils say skills gap should be national priority
Local authorities have called for the Government to hold emergency Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBRA) meetings to address the skills gap and employment challenge in the construction, partly caused by the coronavirus crisis.
A new report from the Local Government Association (LGA) says that the culmination of site closures, redundancies and businesses going under will bring about a skills gap which could severely impact the number of houses which can be built per year.
The report said, “We need a skills and jobs strategy in place now. Set up a COBRA for jobs and skills so government departments and agencies, local government, sector and trade bodies can coordinate and mobilise a response which ensures national skills and job investment lands well on the ground.”
Speaking to Construction News, a spokesperson from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said, “Since 2010 we have delivered more than 464,500 new affordable homes, and we are investing £12bn to build affordable homes between 2021/22 and 2025/26 – the biggest cash investment in affordable housing for a decade.”