Reacting to today's Spring Statement, Paul Hamer, CEO of Sir Robert McAlpine, said:
"Sir Robert McAlpine welcomes the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, which committed to much-needed future investment in high-quality employee training in the UK and additional funding for local infrastructure projects. Delivering a wide range of accessible construction jobs is a priority for our business, and we are keen to support the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda to ensure equal opportunity and access to highly technical jobs on our sites right across the country, driving UK productivity.
“However, with significant ongoing pressures on the UK economy due to geo-political circumstances, the construction industry now needs further assurance on the specific measures the Government will be supporting to provide capital investment, reform the apprenticeship levy, and further drive efforts to invest in new and innovative infrastructure in every region in the UK. This is particularly in light of the rising cost of materials which could significantly impact our sector’s longer-term outlook.
“We look forward to working with Government to shape a future policy framework which will ensure that the construction industry continues to thrive.”