The organisation steering construction through the Covid-19 crisis has recommended the Scottish Government to put in place an action plan to get cash flowing through the industry.
A new plant operator apprenticeship is about to be launched after three years in development. Learning will be spread over 15 months using four machines – excavator, dumper or dump truck, ride-on roller and forklift.
A blueprint to improve construction’s cash flow crisis and give companies a better chance of remaining in business during Covid-19 has been presented to the Scottish Government.
Scotland’s plant companies want “clear and concise” reasons from Holyrood why the construction industry is not being allowed to re-open sites. It says the situation is causing frustration among its members.
Nearly 80% of construction firms in Scotland have no cash flow and two thirds have furloughed employees in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown. More than a third of businesses have closed.
Construction sites should close immediately unless they are supporting crucial work during the coronavirus crisis. The Scottish Government warning follows reports of contractors continuing to work on non-essential projects.
A Scottish contractor employing more than 1,600 workers says the construction industry is facing “extreme pressure” because of the lack of detail on the coronavirus job retention scheme.
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One of the UK’s biggest contractors has defied Scottish Government instructions by resuming work on a flagship project in Glasgow. Also, Network Rail is to process supplier payments more quickly.