Osborne urges early collaboration with local authorities following government’s £6bn education investment

Osborne Director for Education, John Craig, recently spoke with Infrastructure Intelligence about the impact of government education initiatives on the construction industry.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan have just confirmed today that £2bn will be invested in rebuilding or refurbishing buildings at 277 schools across England, under the second phase of the government’s flagship Priority School Building Programme. 260 schools are already involved the first phase of the programme.

The government has also announced that over £4bn will be allocated between 2015 and 2018 to schools, local authorities, academy trusts, and voluntary-aided partnerships to help them improve the condition of schools across the country.

With this in mind, John Craig looks to the future, encouraging local authorities to bring in contractors early to help deliver this latest investment in the most efficient way, particularly with helping to manage resources in a growing skills shortage.

To read his full article, please click here.