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2013 Vol 3 No 5
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Association Forecasts Housing Growth to Drive Construction Recovery - continued

Regional disparities are evident with London and the South East showing the strongest levels of activity owing to major contracts and refurbishment projects. Elsewhere, contractors are experiencing poor workloads.

The Association forecasts reflect several key risks to the industry, most notably the dependency of the housing recovery on both a wider economic recovery and government support.

Furthermore, infrastructure growth is dependent upon the government’s ability to ensure that its capital investment announcements translate into real activity on the ground.

Noble Francis continued: ‘Recent housing policies have proved that when government announcements are followed through, the result is immediate and significant. Help to Buy Part 2 would be expected to make an even wider and more significant contribution through its support for the secondary housing market.

Should the government do the same in other parts of construction then this industry will further support the wider economic recovery.’

Key points in the Forecast include:

  • Construction output to fall 1.5% in 2013 before 2.2% growth in 2014 and 4.5% in 2015
  • Private housing starts to rise 15% in 2013 with average growth of 9% per year from 2014
  • Factories construction to rise 42% by 2017 driven by manufacturing and export growth
  • Rail infrastructure to rise 41% by 2016 driven by Crossrail and station refurbishments
  • Energy infrastructure to rise 89% by 2017
  • Public sector construction to fall 5.2% in 2013 after an 11.4% fall last year


CISRS Attends Skills Challenge Day

CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley recently attended the annual Scaffolding Skills Challenge day at Newcastle College – to congratulate the young scaffolding apprentices.

The annual event was sponsored by NASC members, Pyeroy and saw Newcastle College-trained Year 1 and 2 scaffolding apprentices compete in front of an audience of North East employers.

CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley recently attended the annual Scaffolding Skills Challenge day at Newcastle College – to congratulate the young scaffolding apprentices.

Paul Watson, Divisional Manager at Pyeroy said: “Events like these are a vital way of highlighting the up and coming scaffolding talent we have here in the North East.

“While many of areas of construction are still experiencing a tough time, employers are crying out for new blood when it comes to scaffolding, particularly in the light of stricter rules around working at height..”

Meanwhile, Kevin Hartburn, CITB Construction Skills Apprentice Officer at Newcastle College, said: “The Scaffolding Skills Challenge is a fantastic event that gives young apprentices the chance to impress employers in the region with their new found skills and knowledge.

“It is our intention to take this challenge around the UK, with apprentices from other colleges taking part, with the aim of bringing more trainees and employers together.”



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