In July, the government announced a new joint scheme with the construction industry that will invest £420 million into innovation within the industry that would ultimately increase productivity.
Named ‘bytes and mortar’, the scheme aims to change the way in which digital design and off-site manufacturing is used within the construction industry, so that construction projects can be completed more effectively.
Bytes & Mortar Scheme
Ultimately the scheme will help the government with its objective to build 1.5 million new homes by 2022, as well as support their Clean Growth Grand Challenge, to halve energy use in new builds by 2030.
Speaking of the fund, Business and Energy Secretary, Greg Clark has said, “this Sector Deal is supported by the biggest government investment in construction for at least a decade and will drive economic growth and create well-paid highly-skilled jobs in every part of the UK”.
The Sector Deal will help to cut the time spent on new builds by 50%, help reduce the cost of energy bills for families and businesses across the UK, create 25,000 new construction apprenticeship starts by 2020 and improve global access the export market.
The new sector fund is an extremely positive step forward for those working in the construction industry, including scaffolders, as it means that there will be increased opportunities over the coming years as the government drives forward their ambitious housing construction plans.
Find out more information on the Bytes and Mortar deal by visiting the government’s press release.