A CAMPAIGN has been launched to urge the Government to invest in construction in the North East.
Figures from the Construction Skills Network (CSN) report – the industry’s annual forecast prepared by CITB-ConstructionSkills – show the North East suffered a 9% fall in output in 2012.
The decline exceeded expectations, and employment in the North East is expected to decline 2% annually until 2017 – compounding gloomy figures, which have seen employment in the region fall 17% since 2007.
To date, 40 business in the North East have signed up to the ’Construction4Growth’ campaign, which was launched by local businesses, in partnership with CITB-ConstructionSkills, to respond to the challenges facing the construction industry.
Pledges of support from across the industry will be used to encourage the Government to increase investment in the sector and put construction at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery. The latest figures put annual average construction output growth at 1.7% up to 2017, above the national average of 0.8%.
Steve Housden, sector strategy manager for CITB-ConstructionSkills in the North East, said: “To see so many local employers come together so far shows the commitment of the industry to do whatever it takes to meet the challenges we are facing.“