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BEIS releases Industrial Strategy White Paper

28 November 2017

BEIS releases Industrial Strategy White Paper

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced a sector deal for construction.

This week, Greg Clark, Secretary of State for BEIS published the Industrial Strategy White Paper which announced that sector deals have been agreed for life sciences, automotive, artificial intelligence and the construction industry.

The government and the construction sector, through the Construction Leadership Council, have agreed a sector deal to transform the productivity of the sector benefiting the wider economy.

The deal, the first of a series which government will negotiate with the construction sector, contains commitments to work collaboratively in three key areas:

Procuring for Value

In the months ahead the sector and the government will work to ensure construction projects across the public and private sectors are procured and built based on their whole life value, rather than just initial capital cost. The sector will aim to develop a procurement standard and work with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority to develop cost and performance benchmarks for assets and contractors and monitor outcomes.

Industry-led Innovation

A joint commitment to invest in a transformative programme which brings together the construction, digital technology, manufacturing, materials and energy sectors to develop and commercialise digital and offsite manufacturing technologies. This will accelerate change in the infrastructure and construction sector, ensuring new technologies that can help deliver the government’s planned investments in infrastructure and their 2015 commitment to deliver a million homes by the end of 2020 and half a million more by the end of 2022 are commercialised as quickly as possible.

Skills for the Future

The construction sector, with support from the government, will work closely in the coming months to drive increased investment in skills development, whilst adopting a more strategic and coordinated approach to recruitment, and equipping workers with the skills that they will need for the future. This will be achieved through a joint commitment to implement reforms to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to make it more strategic and industry led, and to enable the sector to make best use of funding from the Apprenticeship Levy.

The sector deal comes on the back of a £170m investment Transforming Construction which was announced at the Budget earlier this month, to support innovation and skills in the sector.

The full Industrial Strategy White Paper can be found here.