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 needs.
"Local labour in construction schemes can make a major contribution to ensure that the future labour needs of the construction industry are met," he said.
"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.