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Brexit's impact on Scottish construction to be examined

The impact Brexit could have on Scotland’s construction sector is to be examined by a Holyrood inquiry.

A committee examining the topic will also consider how new technologies and automation will affect the industry.

More than 154,000 people are employed by Scotland’s construction sector, accounting for 7 per cent of the country’s workforce.

Scotland’s Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee will conduct the inquiry. Convener Gordon Lindhurst said MSPs want to get to grips with how the industry’s challenges can be overcome, reported the Press Association.

“The sector has its challenges and we want to hear views and suggestions on how these can be overcome,” Mr Lindhurst said.

“As well as being a major employer, the sector also delivers infrastructure for housing, transport, education and community, and contributes £21.5bn to Scotland’s gross domestic product.”

A Holyrood call for written views lists six priority areas the committee wants to hear about: economic impact of the construction sector; access to finance; construction skills planning system; procurement models; meeting Scotland’s infrastructure needs; and driving innovation.

The inquiry will also look at the role of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, which was established in 2014 to bring business, industry experts and government departments together to aid the evolution of the sector.

Scotland’s construction sector recruits more apprentices than any other industry, with 6,104 people starting apprenticeships in 2017-18.

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