Industry and government need to work together to build on the green shoots of growth
Although CITB welcomes news from the Federation of Master Builders that “workloads for SME builders have begun to increase for the first time since the recession began” (Tide begins to turn for SME builders, 8 July, www.building.co.uk), it is clear that more must be done. The Construction Skills Network forecast predicts that construction output will not return to its 2007 peak until at least 2022, so while green shoots of growth are encouraging, it is imperative that we do not rest on our laurels.
The industry must now work closely with the government to build on these positive developments. The new Construction Leadership Council is a step forward in addressing the issues hampering growth across the sector but, ultimately, what we really need is investment in “shovel ready” projects that will make a difference to jobs and skills now - not just for builders, but for the industry as a whole. Construction is a vital engine for UK growth, and CITB is working with industry and the government to ensure that its potential is realised, both now and in the future.
William Burton, Interim Chief Executive, CITB