The sharp increase in UK construction activity in September, according to the IHS Markit/CIPS PMI data published today, offers hope for new jobs in the building industry, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Growing activity in the construction industry should make this an attractive sector for young people considering their next steps after school, and people leaving other industries looking to retrain. Construction has a key role to play in rebuilding the economy as recognised by the Prime Minister in his ‘Build, build, build’ speech earlier this year. However, to ensure high standards, the industry needs to train, train, train. This means the trades need to be prioritised in the Government’s funding allocations for colleges. It also means we need to strengthen colleges’ links with employers so that we join the dots.”
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The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the largest trade association in the UK construction industry representing thousands of firms in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms, the FMB is independent and non-profit making, lobbying for members’ interests at both the national and local level.
The FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for its members, providing a range of modern and relevant business building services to help them succeed. The FMB is committed to raising quality in the construction industry and offers a free Find a Builder service to consumers.