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Government rings in changes for construction

Politicians outlined their plans for the construction industry this week - and it seems like good news for employers and skilled tradesmen. Ministers said they would like to reform PFI to make procurement simpler and free up funds to invest in even more new builds. And government officials also announced plans to help boost apprenticeships and make skills training a priority.With millions due to be spent on building new schools, hospitals, court-houses and prisons, it's no wonder construction's topping the political agenda.This week, government ministers have been talking about their plans to help boost the construction industry by improving training opportunities and creating new jobs for skilled tradesmen.Yesterday, officials outlined plans to address the UK's widening skills shortage by awarding a kitemark to companies who offer staff training courses as well as apprenticeships.Skills Minister John Hayes said the scheme will help the government reward companies who offer their staff skills and development opportunities.He said the government could even consider awarding contracts to companies who are kite-marked as part of a new procurement process.And today, even more ministers joined calls to reform PFI in a way that will help make procurement simpler, contracts more competitive and spending more cost effective.Under current proposals, the government would use PFI as a last resort to save on paying interest, freeing up more funds to be spent on new projects and creating new jobs for bricklayers, plasterers, plumbers, carpenters, decorators and tilers as well as electrical and gas engineersCompanies can help put themselves ahead of the curve (and the new kite-mark scheme) with our training courses.Able Skills are a leading provider of construction training, with classes delivered by time-served tradesmen at our two plumbing centres, two gas centres, two electrical centres and our individual plastering, tiling, carpentry, bricklaying and decorating centres.We offer approved training on behalf of City & Guilds, the Construction Awards Alliance and more.And we are members of the Solar Trade Association, the Ground Source Heath Pump Association and the Renewable Energy Association - so we're expertly able to offer training in renewables.Why not train with Able Skills and develop your skills?