The GGF have responded to a consultation by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on behalf of the Glass and Glazing sector.
The key independent government advisory body sought the views of industry at the end of last year regarding the migration challenges effecting recruitment of skilled workers.
The GGF highlighted the shortage of skilled installers (particularly fire-resistant glazing installers), surveyors and manufacturers, and argued for the apprenticeships policy to be changed to support recruitment across the sector.
The GGF also highlighted that Trailblazer Apprenticeships are not perfect, as apprentices cannot currently be classed as ‘self-employed’.
Kevin Buckley, GGF Group Chief Executive, commented: “In the response, we called for apprenticeship policy reform and set out the measures we support for upskilling and recruitment across the sector including; a new strategy to raise visibility of the sector among school leavers, collaboration with firms around Trailblazer Apprenticeships and new competency training programmes for members and non-members.
“It’s clear that a sustainable pipeline of skilled workers is crucial to the delivery of the Government’s plan to build one million new houses by 2020.
“A rough estimate suggests that this could require 10.5 million installations for new-build and retrofit combined in the near future. This underscores the importance of the sector to the UK’s housing market, and we hope the MAC will recognise this and urge Government to take action.”
Glass and Glazing Federation
40 Rushworth Street
t: 0207 939 9101
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