The next government needs to build Scotland’s construction industry and create new jobs by prioritizing policies that support local builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland

A recent survey asked Scottish builders to rate the key guidelines that would make the biggest difference to them. They said:

  1. Invest in more skills to ensure construction companies have access to skilled workers
  2. Establish a VAT refund fund to repair, maintain and improve the energy efficiency of homes
  3. Simplification of the tendering process to make public sector works contracts more accessible to SMEs
  4. Establish a clear program of maintenance and construction projects in the public sector for the next 5 years
  5. Reform the planning system so that more new homes are built by SME home builders

This marks the start of Building Scotland’s Construction Industry, FMB Scotland’s program for the Scottish Government 2021-2026.

Gordon Nelson, Director of FMB Scotland said: “The next government needs to come up with guidelines that will help local builders to fuel our economy, create the jobs we need and respond to pressing challenges such as climate change.

“Builders will be at the forefront when it comes to greening our homes and getting to zero by 2045, building new homes for the nation and maintaining Scottish infrastructure. However, you need more support.

“The construction industry has faced a skills shortage for many years, so it’s not surprising that home builders have made greater investment in vocational training their top priority for the next government. With more resources, we can encourage more young people to build.

“With the 80th anniversary of the FMB this year, master builders are proof of the worthwhile career in the construction industry.”