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Skills cash to train up more Brits

Skills minister David Lammy has told Construction News that a £135 million training package for the industry should be used to bring more British workers into the industry.

The Government has announced a three-year deal with ConstructionSkills to bring an estimated 88,000 workers into the industry every year.

Mr Lammy said: “Recently firms have drawn employees from overseas but this money is about training up British workers, local men and women.”

The move is being masterminded under the Government’s Train to Gain initiative, which aims to help employers in England attract recruits.

Mr Lammy said the Government had been talking to ConstructionSkills since the end of last year. The scheme will see money invested to qualify 50,000 plant operatives and bring in more than 2,000 specialist apprenticeship starters.