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Scottish MPs urged to prevent skills shortage

The Scottish Parliament has been urged to boost funding for colleges to ensure construction departments can stay open to meet training demands.

Launching its Building for Success policy manifesto, the Federation of Master Builders in Scotland has called for the Scottish Parliament to prevent a skills gap from occurring within the industry when economic recovery takes place.

Speaking to MPs at Parliament, FMB Scotland director Grahame Barn said: “The construction industry is key to so much of what we hope to achieve across Scotland including more homes, improved transport, better schools and hospitals.

“The majority of building work in Scotland is carried out by small and medium sized enterprises which form the backbone of the Scottish economy, which is why the Scottish Parliament must do everything in its power to support these smaller companies in helping to build a greener Scotland, safeguard jobs and skills and create favourable conditions to trade in.”

The policy manifesto calls for low interest rate loans and further financial initiatives to stimulate additional spending on energy efficient buildings.

The FMB also called for Scottish Parliament to apply pressure on major lenders to increase the flow of credit to smaller firms to ensure they continue trading and safeguarding jobs and training opportunities.

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