CIF calls for increased investment in skills and infrastructure, to meet the objectives of the Government Dublin Regional Action Plan for Jobs

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has called for more investment in skills and infrastructure in the sector, so that the projects outlined by the Government in today’s Dublin Regional Action Plan for Jobs announcement, can be realised.

The construction industry has the potential to be a key partner for Government in their aim to deliver 10-15% employment growth in the capital over the coming years, if the right policy framework is put in place that enables growth and output in the industry.

Attending the Government’s announcement today, Hubert Fitzpatrick, Director of Housing, Planning and Development, welcomed the particular acknowledgement by Government of the construction sectors expertise in the domestic built environment, which has in turn provided a strong basis for international expansion of construction activities.

Mr. Fitzpatrick stated: “The Action Plan acknowledges that the construction sector is critical to the competitiveness factor underpinning enterprise investment and growth within the economy. The Plan clearly sets out the requirements for continuous investment in infrastructure projects, including, the DART underground, the Metro Link, the Dublin airport rail link, as well as continued investment in education, healthcare, and housing. Investments such as these are essential to our ability to attract and retain top-level FDI companies to our shores. However, the skills shortage emerging in construction will be a factor that requires immediate attention to ensure the right resources are in place to get these projects off the ground.”

“During the implementation phase of the Action Plan for Jobs, continued interaction with the construction industry will be critical in supporting the Department of Jobs to identify critical issues arising within the construction sector which can assist in the delivery of the Action Plan’s objectives.”