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Inquiry into the impact of Brexit on future skill needs



The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment is carrying out its fifth Inquiry, which looks at the impact of Brexit on future skills needs in the construction industry and the built environment professions. 

This subject is of special significance given the reliance of construction on workers from the EU both at a trades and professional level; and at a time when construction is already facing a skills shortage.

Can the industry continue to attract sufficient migrant workers from EU; or can it train enough home grown talent to meet demand? Or will Brexit potentially have dire consequences. In September a coalition of professional bodies has warned Brexit minister, David Davis MP, that the UK’s construction skills crisis could severely worsen if the government does not take steps to ensure access to a skilled workforce during its post-referendum negotiations.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment has established its fifth Commission of Inquiry to address this important subject and is now taking evidence from organisations, businesses and individuals on how the impact of Brexit could potentially impact on the skill pool; what government could do to mitigate this impact and what the industry could be doing itself to increase the talent pool. 

Oliver Colvile MP, chair of the APPGEBE said of the inquiry: “On the 23rd of June, the British people voted to leave the EU. One of the key issues in this historic decision was the free movement of people. However, British industry has regularly had to depend upon finding skilled labour from within the European Union. Therefore, it is timely that the APPG for Excellent in the Built Environment looks into the skills gap and how leaving the EU will affect that gap. It is more important than ever in order for the Government to deliver on its pledge to build more houses by the end of this Parliament.”

The APPG for EBE Commission of Inquiry comprises members of both Houses of Parliament, senior members of the construction professions, key influencers and decision makers in other aspects of society.   

The Commission is chaired by the APPGEBE Chairman, Oliver Colvile MP and other members include the Rt Hon Maria Miller MP; Helen Hayes MP; Jo Churchill MP, Earl of Lytton; Lord Best, Peter Bonfield OBE (Building Research Establishment), Tony Burton (Gardner and Theobald), Amanda Clack (RICS), Mark Farmer, Harvey Francis (Skanska) and John Nolan (Construction Industry Council).

The Commission of Inquiry has set up six round-table sessions,on:

  • 6 December
  • 10 January
  • 24 January
  • 7 February
  • 21 February

For more information about the group, please contatc Kamila Tomaszewska on or on 0207 399 7414