DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attended Construction Scotland’s Industry Leadership Group meeting in Edinburgh.
This group shared updates on many key issues in the sector including the Procurement Reform Bill, skills shortages, planning, energy standards, international opportunities for Scottish construction, BIM, the proposed Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and plans to raise the profile of Construction Scotland as the leadership body of the whole sector.
Nicola Sturgeon was very supportive of Construction Scotland and pledged the continuing support of the Scottish Government to maximise the growth of this key economic sector.
She said, “I was pleased to join the Construction Scotland Industry Leadership Group to hear about what they have achieved to date and the exciting plans they have for the future.
“I am keen to continue to offer my support in future on the vital issues raised. I look forward to being kept informed on developments.”
Ed Monaghan, Chair of Construction Scotland, welcomed the Deputy First Minister to the meeting and introduced members who represent the diversity of the industry with higher education, architects, housebuilders, electrical trades, engineers and the legal profession just some of the parties represented.
He said, “As a body brought together in the last 18 months to become the voice of the construction industry here in Scotland, we have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to establish Construction Scotland and we are now starting to reap the benefits as we become increasingly recognised in the public domain.”