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Education key to improving construction jobs market

The Education Funding Agency recently released details of the first schools to come to market through the Priority School Building Programme, the scheme to address the facilities of those schools in the worst condition.

The programme includes a mix of primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, sixth form colleges and alternative provision and fills the gap for construction left by the ill-fated Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

With 261 projects across England, construction contractors and sub-contractors will benefit from a much-needed stream of work for the order books and jobs are likely to be created and secured from the Priority School Building Programme.

There is more good news in the form of an Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) survey that has stated that nearly half of teachers surveyed said their school had building work planned or ongoing.

The building works reported by ATL members ranged from new or improved sports facilities such as sports pavilions, new changing rooms, astroturf pitches and swimming pools, as well as new classrooms, boarding houses, science labs and performing arts facilities, including in one case a Greek theatre.

One school was building an animal sanctuary and another in West Sussex has a biomass fuel facility.

So whilst the overall market "could do better", building and construction within the education sector shows encouraging signs for construction jobs.

About the Author: Neil Wilkie is the Group Marketing and Communications Manager for the Fusion People group of companies . You can find out more on Neil's Linkedin or Google+ profile.

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