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Construction: Vocational Education

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people joining the construction industry via the National Skills Academy for Construction he estimates will be (a) British citizens, (b) citizens of countries in the European Union and (c) citizens of countries from outside the European Union. (179059)

The Learning and Skills Council’s statement of priorities 2008-11 published on 16 November 2007 sets out the Government’s funding strategy over this period. The Government recognise that more has to be done to raise the employability of unskilled British workers and our funding strategy supports that. The training places announced on the 16 November are aimed at the people in the British work force who do not currently have the skills to be competitive in the future. It is reasonable to expect that UK citizens will take up the vast majority of these training places.

Although there are no nationality estimates for the learners that will benefit from the National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfc), ConstructionSkills, the sector skills council that is leading on the development of the NSAfc, is undertaking survey work to look at the mobility of labour more generally in the construction sector and will be publishing a report later in the year.