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Don't delay diploma


THE GOVERNMENT'S plan to persuade youngsters to take up vocational training is well-intentioned. But why must construction wait a decade before its tailored diploma comes into being? Action is needed now if a skills crisis is to be avoided.

Even the most dedicated employers need a degree in orienteering to navigate the confusing tangle of training schemes and funding options now on offer.Apprenticeship schemes have come and gone and initiatives like the New Deal seem to just fade away.

If contractors are to have any chance of providing work experience places for the new diploma, it must be made industry-friendly.

What is long overdue is a simple guide, which spells out training options, the required commitment and the funding route.