Nearly All Construction Sites Up And Running
After having to halt work on most construction sites to avoid the spread of coronavirus among workers, nearly all are now up and running across the UK.
This is according to a survey of firms by trade body Build UK, which revealed 97 per cent of infrastructure and construction sites are now functioning, which is an increase from 93 per cent at the end of May.
Construction Enquirer revealed that building companies are hoping to become fully operational, despite new two-metre social distancing rules and having to implement safer working practices.
It reported that infrastructure sites have now been able to achieve 89 per cent of its pre-coronavirus productivity, while challenging building sites have boosted their productivity to 78 per cent.
While only 68 per cent of housing sites were open in England and Wales a month ago, this has increased to 93 per cent. During the last few weeks, output has risen from 53 per cent to 78 per cent.
This follows Build UK’s announcement that has been supporting a new campaign called Reskilling the Recovery, which is intended to encourage London employers to support small construction firms and supply chains by offering unspent apprenticeship finances.
So far it has raised over £600,000 of unused funding, receiving support from the BBC and Amazon among others. This will help pay for apprenticeships to keep and retrain staff, developing skills that will help kickstart the industry in the future.
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