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Committee investigates construction training schemes

6 Aug 13 A parliamentary committee is investigating ways of boosting youth employment and training on the back of construction and housing investment.

The cross-party group of MPs and peers is asking construction companies and their clients to submit evidence. It wants to hear about examples of housing and construction projects that have created employment and training for young people, and ways that barriers and challenges can be overcome.

The inquiry is being jointly chaired by Lord Richard Best and Nick Raynsford MP.  Other parliamentarians involved are Peter Aldous and Annette Brooke from the Commons and Baroness Susan Kramer and Baroness Angela Smith form the Lords.

The Inquiry is being supported by the Chartered Institute of Building and the Construction Industry Training Board.

Lord Best said: “We are expecting to see extra investment into new homes and infrastructure projects over the months ahead. But how can we ensure that the UK’s £100bn construction investment will lead to new jobs and new skills for the growing army of unemployed young people in this country?

“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.”

The panel is particularly interested to hear about schemes that could be scaled up.

Evidence needs to be submitted to by 18 September 2013. The aim is to produce a report towards the end of January 2014.

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