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Businesses with contracts over £50m must enhance employee skills

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has announced that any company winning a contract worth over £50m must take action to enhance the skills and career prospects of existing workers.

The methods of achieving this are to be led by industry, and a number of firms are already engaged in work that should meet the criteria.

EngTechNow chief executive Blane Judd said: “Infrastructure works are at serious risk of delays and cost overruns if those delivering them are unable to meet their skills needs.

“That is why forward-thinking infrastructure companies like Amey, Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall, Carillion, and WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff are working with EngTechNow to help technicians take their first steps towards professional status.

“Crossrail and Thames Tideway have also worked with us to build professional registration into their expectations of contractors.”

EngTechNow was formed in 2014 to help companies professionally register their technicians to support their long-term career development.

In March 2015, it launched the EngTechNow charter, which sets out firm practical commitments to support technician development, at Parliament.

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