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New campaign to kick start construction industry

Over 900 construction industry leaders have united to spearhead a new campaign to kick start the construction industry amid reports that 160,000 construction workers are claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance.

The new campaign Construction4Growth says the industry is “deep in recession” with the steepest decline in orders since 2009. Training body CITB-ConstructionSkills said that 45,000 jobs have been lost in the construction sector in 2012 and a further 82,000 could go over the next five years.

The campaign wants to ensure the government’s construction pledges arerealised.

“The Construction4Growth Campaign will unite every sector of our industry in a drive to kick-start activity, work our way out of recession and remind everybody that our industry is a major contributor to economic growth,” said CITB-ConstructionSkills deputy chairman Judy Lowe.

The campaign will have three key targets - investment for growth, skills for growth and green for growth.

“Perhaps the biggest opportunities – particularly for small and medium sized businesses - will come through this autumn’s Green Deal,” added Lowe.

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