Interesting debate by the RICS, discussing Government and industry developing the future skills base. The recently announced apprenticeship scheme, in order to drive the talent pipeline forward, goes someway to encouraging new talent into our industry.
I would agree we do need some clarity / explanation from the Government how best we utilise this scheme, for the benefit of our industry.
While this clarity is undoubtedly welcome, one thing is clear: a loss of access to the EU’s skilled workforce has the potential to slowly bring the UK’s property and construction sector to a standstill. That means that unless alternative plans are put in place, we won’t be able to deliver the thousands of homes needed to solve our housing crisis or create the infrastructure needed to enable our cities to compete on a global stage. This is a potentially embarrassing situation for a Government, which is set to publish both its Housing White Paper and Industrial Strategy.