The next Government must build Scotland’s construction industry and unlock new jobs by prioritising policies that back local builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland

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

  1. Invest in more vocational skills training to ensure that building companies have access to skilled labour
  2. Establish a VAT reimbursement fund for home repair, maintenance and energy efficiency improvements
  3. Simplify the tendering process to make public sector construction contracts more accessible for SMEs
  4. Set out a clear programme of public sector maintenance and construction projects for the next 5 years
  5. Reform the planning system so that more new homes are built by SME house builders

The marks the launch of Building Scotland’s Construction Industry, FMB Scotland's Programme for the Scottish Government 2021 – 2026.

Gordon Nelson, Director of FMB Scotland, said: “The next Government must bring forward policies that back local builders to drive our economy, create the jobs we need, and respond to pressing challenges like climate change.

“Builders will be at the forefront of greening our homes and reaching net zero by 2045, as well as building new homes for the nation and maintaining Scotland’s infrastructure. However, they need greater support.

“Construction has grappled with a skills shortage for many years, so it is no surprise that builders ranked greater investment in vocational education as their biggest priority for the next Government. With greater resources, we can encourage more young people into construction.

“With the FMB celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, Master Builders are testament to the rewarding careers that the building industry holds.”