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Views Sought on the Future for the Construction Industry

Views are being sought of people who work in Scotland’s construction industry in how it can be developed.

The  Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee of the Scottish Parliament wants to hear how the sector can move forward and spur on other areas of the economy.

Examples of the type of issues they are exploring are:

  • How important is the construction sector in Scotland as an economic enabler?
  • What are the causes of the sector’s productivity challenges?
  • What is the future economic outlook and implications of Brexit for the sector?
  • What are the sources of and barriers to accessing finance in the sector?
  • Do you have any suggestions on opportunities to enhance procurement practices across the sector?
  • What are your views on the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre?
  • How will technological changes (e.g. robotics, automation) impact on the sector and how can Scotland take advantage of this change?

The aim of the Committee’s inquiry is to :

“To understand the characteristics and challenges of Scotland’s construction sector to ensure the sector realises its full potential in contributing to a productive and inclusive Scottish economy. Specific areas of focus will include: economic impact; access to finance; skills; procurement; infrastructure investment; and innovation.”

You can find out more here: Call For Views

Closing date: Wednesday 13 February 2019

Gordon Lindhurst MSP , Convener of the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee said:

“Construction is a vital sector in Scotland as it drives and underpins the economy with its knock-on effect on other sectors. As well as being a major employer, the sector also delivers infrastructure for housing, transport, education and community, and contributes £21.5 billion to Scotland’s gross domestic product.

“However, the sector has its challenges and we want to hear views and suggestions on how these can be overcome. We also want to find out how we can encourage young people to work in the industry, and we’ll be holding consultation work with businesses and colleges over the coming months.”

KGS Building skills

Pupils at KGS getting a taster of building skills

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