Ukip's poster campaign suggesting that builders are being forced out of work by immigrants was looking shakey today, after the building industry reported a widespread shortage of skilled workers.
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Taking place at QEII Centre in central London on 24 November 2014, the conference examines the most important, but often overlooked, part of the industry – the people who can inspire the future of construction.
Today’s GDP figures, published by ONS, show that the UK economy grew by 0.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the previous quarter and was up 0.6 per cent compared to the same quarter a year ago. Construction fared much worse, declining by 2.5 per cent quarter-on- quarter and 5.9 per cent year-on-year.
“After 2015, without Help to Buy, there are strong concerns about whether house building will continue to improve."
A group of Parliamentarians is urging construction chiefs to tackle the sector’s growing training and apprenticeship crisis.