BREXIT could prove ‘disastrous’ for the construction and built environment industry if the UK can’t draw on European workers’ skills while it trains a domestic workforce, Building.co.uk has reported this week.
Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, a group of MPs have expressed their concern about the potential ensuing loss of skilled workers within the construction industry. They have called for a transitional arrangement of migrant workers.
Building.co.uk reports “All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment warned that Britain leaving the EU could have a dire effect on delivery of new homes and infrastructure in a new report called Building on Brexit“.
This report, which was sponsored by the Construction Industry Council, puts forward a 12-step plan to cope with the effects that leaving the EU will have on skill levels.
In the objective of minimising the risks Brexit presents to the UK construction sector, it outlines two key aims: protecting migrants’ work and setting up a transitional arrangement.
The government has announced its aim to ensure that all EU migrant workers will be able to stay in the UK. Many non-British workers fear being ‘thrown out’ of the country because of Brexit, as they are unsure of what their status is. Following this, they will also develop a transitional arrangement which would allow the industry to draw on the expertise of EU workers until Britain is able to recruit and develop the skills of a domestic workforce.
Oliver Colville, chairman of the MPs’ group, acknowledged that the decision to leave the EU puts the construction industry at ’huge risk’. However, this plan should help both reduce and deal with the negative repercussions.
By Eleanore Nash