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Over 50,000 Construction Workers Needed To Meet Government Housing Targets

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There's a severe lack of electricians, plumbers, painters and bricklayers.

More than 50,000 construction workers are urgently needed to fill a ‘black hole’ in the workforce if the Government is to meet targets aimed at tackling the housing crisis.

An unpublished report has identified a significant lack of electricians, plumbers, painters and bricklayers.

These workers will be required to construct a promised 33,000 homes a year by 2030 while also meeting the Government’s retrofitting targets.

The report, by training agency Solas, highlights major gaps throughout the apprenticeship system that will need to be filled over the next eight years.

The Construction Industry Federation says this adds to challenges around meeting targets under the Housing For All plan.

However director of housing and planning at the Construction Industry Federation, James Benson, says in reality those targets could actually be higher:

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