Infrastructure: Skilled Workers

Department for Education written question – answered on 20th July 2020.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the skills shortage in the UK for the infrastructure projects announced by the Prime Minister on 30 June.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Employer Skills Survey 2019 gathered labour market intelligence on employer skills needs and training activity among employers across all sectors in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. It is the fifth in the biennial series of Employer Skills Surveys dating back to 2011. Previous findings are published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/employer-skills-survey-2017-uk-report.

Findings from the 2019 survey will be published alongside these on GOV.UK in due course.

The survey collects information from employers relating to difficulties they have had filling vacancies as a result of skills shortages in applicants, along with information on relevant skills lacking in existing staff. This allows a targeted examination of more detailed skills requirements for specific sectors.

In addition, to assess skills gaps in the future we are setting up The Skills and Productivity Board, which will bring together leading experts to offer independent analysis and identify new and emerging skills needs.

The Construction Industry Training Board are delivering a skills stability plan to ensure that the construction sector continues to focus on training and skills following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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