The construction industry is being urged to recruit under achieving school
leavers and the long-term unemployed to solve its skills shortage.
Richard Macfarlane, author of good practice guide Local Labour in
Construction: Tackling Social Exclusion and Skills Shortages, said that by
recruiting local labour the construction industry can find the workforce it
"Local labour in construction schemes can make a major contribution to
ensure that the future labour needs of the construction industry are met,"
"Targeting potential local employment is now recognised as an important
element of effective long-term regeneration."
Local labour schemes have already had some successes, including the building
of the Millennium Dome in London. More than 20 per cent of the labour on the
project was provided by such an initiative.