Parliamentarians to look at training

A cross-party group of parliamentarians from both houses of parliament is launching an inquiry to look at how training in construction could be boosted through an expected upturn in investment.

The group, which is co-chaired by former housing minister Nick Raynsford and former Joseph Rowntree Foundation head Lord Richard Best, is to focus in particular on how barriers can be overcome to allow investment in housing and construction to include increasing training and employment opportunities for young people.

The inquiry, which is also being supported by the CIOB, CITB and a range of youth employment charities, wants in particular to hear from people who are currently either running schemes at scale or schemes which can be scaled up.

It also wants to consider whether current contracts that enshrine training are sufficiently monitored, whether training can be fostered down the supply chain by, for example, direct payments for apprentices, and how young people from disadvantaged backgrounds can be targeted.

Lord Best said: “With an unprecedented one million young people in England not in employment, education or training our Inquiry is an attempt to secure two benefits from a growth in construction: not just new homes and better infrastructure, but training and employment for these 16 to 24 year olds currently facing a bleak future.”

Other parliamentarians involves in the inquiry include MPs Peter Aldous and Angela Smith and Baronesses Susan Kramer and Angela Smith.

Evidence needs to be submitted by 18 September to employmentinquiry@ciob.org.uk.

The report is currently due to be published at a House of Commons reception in late January next year.

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