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Scotland 'should have construction minister'

Scotland should have a dedicated construction minister to speed improvements in the industry, the Scottish Building Federation claims in a report launched today.

The SBF's 'Blueprint 2008 – Building Scotland’s Future’ calls for a ream of improvements from the Scottish Government including:

  1. The Scottish Government to appoint a dedicated construction minister to champion the sector and develop and lead a new construction strategy.

  2. To open up public procurement to SMEs and streamline the procurement process.

  3. For the delivery of financial incentives for employers to take on more apprentices and reduce the skills shortage.

  4. To create a skills academy to deliver the skilled workers of the future.

  5. To create a Scottish research fund to make Scotland a leader in zero carbon construction.

The SBF promotes the interests of the construction industry to a diverse range of stakeholders and is the leading employers’ federation for the industry, representing over 700 companies from Orkney to the Borders.