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CIPHE backs Government’s Industrial Strategy

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has welcomed Government plans for a new strategy for British industry. Designed to boost a post-Brexit economy, the plan is promising more support for business, heavy investment in the research and development of new technologies, along with the establishment of a series of Institutes of Technology across England and Wales.

A total of £170 million has been earmarked for new educational establishments, which will focus on the engineering, technology and construction industries. In addition, the Government will be able take advantage of the lifting of state aid rules after the UK leaves the EU. This means the Government can take a more active role in supporting industry and backing businesses.

Kevin Wellman, CEO of the CIPHE said, “The Government is right to be worried about the impact of skills shortages, especially in the construction and manufacturing sectors. The issues we have been confronting for decades will come to a head with the UK’s withdrawal from the single market.”

“We encourage all measures in strengthening education in the construction sector and developing greener more sustainable technologies. We would welcome greater recognition of the competency of individuals in the plumbing and heating sector who are indeed ‘proud to be professional’ and provide essential support for British industry.”