Bidders for major government infrastructure projects will have to provide evidence of their commitment to developing skills, it has been announced today.
Contenders will be required to demonstrate their commitment to upskilling the current and future workforce in order to be considered for contracts.
More details of the plan will be set out in a National Infrastructure Plan for Skills in the summer.
Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Lord Deighton said the plan was intended to provide a boost to apprenticeship and training opportunities and help meet skills needs across the country.
“This government was the first to set out a National Infrastructure Plan to provide clarity on the pipeline of investment in major infrastructure construction,” said Deighton. “Our next challenge is to address the immediate need to develop the skills necessary which will deliver this ambitious pipeline.
“That is why the government has committed to develop for the first time a National Infrastructure Plan for Skills.”
The change will come into force from 1 April and will apply to all government projects with a capital value over £50M. The requirements will be placed in contracts, monitored and may be used to inform future procurement decisions. Procurers will also be encouraged to introduce similar requirements, where appropriate, in lower value projects.
The approach will be captured in a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) issued by the Cabinet Office.