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Construction Task Force

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 13 July 2009, Official Report, column 191W, on Construction Task Force, (1) if he will list the membership of the Construction Task Force, and on how many occasions the Construction Task Force has met since its inception; (290219)

(2) what recent steps the Construction Task Force has taken to ensure the security of apprenticeship places in the construction industry; and if he will make a statement.

The Construction Apprenticeships Task Force membership comprised:

Construction apprenticeships task force


Simon Waugh

National Apprenticeship Service

James Wates

Wates Group

Alan Ritchie

Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians

John Thompson

Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians

Tom Wilson

Trade Union Congress

Bob Blackman


Tom Kelly

GMB Union

Frank Horan

College of North West London

Ian Billyard

Leeds College of Building

Susan Forsyth

Chichester College

Keith Donnelly

Carillion Plc

Geoff Green

Greenwood services

George Fraser

ROK Group

Nicholas Fowler

Denne Construction

Geoff Lister

Federation of Master Builders

Mark Farrar

Construction Skills, Sector Skills Council

Representatives from the Department, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Homes and Communities Agency also attended by invitation. The Task Force met four times between November 2008 and April 2009. The group considered the impact of the economic downturn and its effect on the Construction labour market and agreed actions on a number of issues affecting Apprenticeships in the industry. Key recommendations were on public sector procurement and support for displaced construction apprentices. On procurement we continue to work across Government and in the industry to implement the specific construction commitment set out in the pre-Budget report, 2008 and the task force provided structured input into this process. Progress includes commitments to create new apprenticeship places through the Department of Children’s Schools and Families’ Building Schools for the Future programme, from the Olympic Delivery Authority on the Olympic Park and Village site, and through the Homes and Communities Agency’s £5 billion annual investment budget. For displaced apprentices the Construction Matching Service has sought new jobs for apprentices, and offered advice and support for employers, apprentices and parents through a national helpline. The Task Force also looked at the role of trade unions and medium-to-long term strategies for expanding apprenticeships in the sector, these wider issues will be taken forward through the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force which advises Government on Apprenticeship issues affecting the sector.