Sue Kershaw, Managing Director, Major Projects Advisory at KPMG in the UK, comments
“It’s good to see skills and apprenticeships on the Chancellor’s radar, recognising the current challenges faced by small businesses. It’s a hot topic in construction, which has historically faced difficulties attracting new talent to a workforce that is disproportionately male and older.
“Small firms are the backbone of construction and make up the majority of sub-contractors, so any help they can receive to help them attract, retain and train talent will be essential to the all-round success of the sector.
“With Brexit on the horizon and uncertainty over the future supply of EU labour, there has never been a more important time to invest in the next generation of UK construction talent.”
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